Take Stock In Children
In 2001, The Immokalee Foundation brought Take Stock in Children (TSIC) to Immokalee. Since then, the program has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships. Qualified seventh-grade students who successfully fulfill their required pledge to earn good grades, exhibit good behavior, remain crime and drug free, and meet weekly with a mentor are awarded a full college scholarship upon high school graduation.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does $8,500 invested in a seventh grader grow into a full college tuition scholarship?
This is the approximate purchase price of a four-year tuition through the Florida Prepaid Foundation. Funds are immediately matched by the Prepaid Foundation so the purchasing power is doubled. Because TSIC students perform well, they often leverage their TSIC scholarships to exceed $40,000 in value.
How do you decide which students are able to participate in Take Stock in Children?
Students are selected based on economic need, essay questions, and an interview. The admissions team also assesses each student’s potential to maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA, stay out of trouble, meet school attendance requirements, and perform community service.
What does it mean to be a Take Stock in Children mentor?
TSIC mentors enjoy the opportunity to empower individual students, helping those students to find their own personal paths to success. With a time investment of just one or two hours each week, a volunteer can get to know a student and help them navigate the challenges of education and life.
Why are mentors important?
Students raised in Immokalee are at high risk of failing to complete high school, as evidenced by the 57% high school graduation rate. Our TSIC students have a 97% graduation rate. We attribute much of this success to the hard work of our volunteer mentors who meet regularly with our students, coaching and supporting them throughout the school year.
- More than 120 students currently participate in our TSIC program.
- 80+ mentors meet weekly with TSIC students in Immokalee.
- Our TSIC students are attending many colleges, including Smith College, Michigan State University, The Citadel, University of Florida, and Florida Gulf Coast University. In total, 66 TSIC students are currently enrolled in college.