“Take Stock in Children Honors Mentors”



Contact: Rosanne Heyser
Pasco Education Foundation
(813) 794-2134 

“Take Stock in Children Honors Mentors”

Pasco County, FL – January 11, 2018 — Each January, Take Stock in Children celebrates Mentor Appreciation Month; a month devoted to the dedicated men & women in our Pasco community who volunteer their time while playing a vital role in their mentee’s success.

Take Stock in Children, providing Scholarships, Mentors, & Hope is Florida’s #1 mentor program with over 10,000 mentors contributing over two million hours volunteer hours across our state since 1995.

As Executive Director for Pasco County’s Take Stock in Children, a program of the Pasco Education Foundation and partnered with Pasco County Schools, I am appreciative of the current 130 caring individuals within Pasco County who volunteer their time providing continuous motivation, encouragement and friendship to our scholars. Mentors make the difference that will last a lifetime.

Take Stock in Children is a statewide program giving Pasco County students, whose families meet income eligibility guidelines an opportunity to receive up to a four-year college scholarship in partnership with the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.  A student chosen for the Take Stock in Children program must adhere to the Florida state requirement of a multi-year commitment that includes meeting with a mentor on a regular basis while maintaining good grades, behavior and attendance, thus improving high school graduation rates in our community. 95% of the TSIC scholars are first generation to attend college. As a direct result of the mentor’s involvement, TSIC has a 96% success rate (compared to 63% of those with common demographics).

We applaud these current and past Take Stock in Children volunteer mentors  as they are the role models passionate to their mission of “making a difference”, one child at a time.

Thanks to these dedicated mentors for they are truly Pasco County’s heroes!

You too can become our next great mentor. Visit

Pasco Education Foundation’s Take Stock in Children program has served more than 650 deserving needs-based students in grades 7-12 annually and has a 96% success rate. Take Stock’s high school dropout prevention and college attainment efforts contribute to the economic viability of Florida’s communities. To learn more about Take Stock in Children or becoming a mentor or supporter, or visit

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