If you’re ready to take control of your future, Take Stock in Children Pasco County can help by providing you with the motivation, support, and academic assistance you need in order to achieve success. This rewarding opportunity provides the promise of a college scholarship, a caring mentor committed to the development of your gifts, and continuous involvement from skilled student advocates who engage in educational/career counseling.
Because we are a grass-roots operation under the direction of local school systems, we are able to deliver an immensely personal program to students like you, who are seeking a better life.
The Take Stock in Children application cycle for the 2019-20 school year is now closed.
New application acceptance period for the 2020-21 school year is estimated for February 2020.
Please read the eligibility requirements thoroughly prior to beginning your application. The Scholar Application link is at the bottom of this page. Household income questions require information from your 2018 tax forms. Please have those available prior to completing application. All information submitted is kept confidential.
Student Eligibility Requirements:
- Currently enrolled in Pasco County Schools in grade 8 only
- Eligible for free/reduced lunch status, meeting income eligibility guidelines provided below
- Income documentation will be required if chosen as a semi-finalist
- Additional factors that may make completing high school/attending post-secondary schooling a challenge
- 2.5 or equivalent GPA
- Good attendance record
- Good behavior--in & out of school
- Resident of Florida for a minimum of one year
- Valid Social Security card
- Must meet with a TSIC mentor during school hours on school grounds
- Must participate in TSIC events & workshop
- School personnel references are required, minimum of two
If Student is Selected as a Semi-Finalist:
- Student will be notified VIA EMAIL in late July/early August 2019 ONLY if the student has qualified as a semi-finalist. Notification is given only to those who have moved to the next level of qualification.
- Parent/Guardian and student will be required to attend an information workshop/interview in early August. Date to be advised. Documentation and verification of income will be collected at this time.
- If address/email changes from application submission to late July/early August, please advise TSIC by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- If these semi-finalist requirements are not met, the application will be disqualified.
In the event you choose to move forward with the application, please re-check the income eligibility requirements. All semi-finalists & finalists are required to provide documentation to match the income listed on the application. Proof of verification will include:
- Most recent W-2(s)
- Most recent 1040 forms
- Most recent pay stubs
- Evidence of any government financial assistance
Student’s name must be listed as a dependent on the tax report / government assistance verification provided to us or include custodial parent’s tax report and letter stating who claims the student. If divorced parents claim student during alternate years, the previous year’s filing must be included in addition to the most recent year's filing. All fields must be completed. You will have the ability to save & complete the application at a later time. Applications containing false or misrepresented information can result in the revocation of the scholarship, if awarded.
All information given within this application is kept confidential.
Take Stock in Children scholarship recipients receive:
A guaranteed tuition-paid Florida Prepaid College Scholarship, minimum of two year (60 credit hour). There may be potential to increase this scholarship level based on performance and scholarship availability in student’s senior year.
A College Readiness Coach
A college readiness coach acts as the liaison between Take Stock in Children program and the school and is responsible for monitoring and addressing of grades, attendance and behavior as well as preparation for post-secondary education.
A mentor, when assigned, will meet with the student on a regular basis at school, with cooperation from the school and parent(s)/guardian(s), to assist and encourage the student to achieve full potential. Meeting with a mentor is a mandatory state requirement.
Take Stock in Children is a program with the Pasco Education Foundation and partnered with Pasco County Schools since 1997. Over 750 Pasco County students have received this opportunity.