Take Stock in Children of Broward celebrated 169 low-income, at-risk youth finding the keys to success through education at its 13th Annual Graduation and Induction Ceremony. Eighty-nine high school seniors graduated from the program with close to $1M in Florida Prepaid Scholarships. These college bound grads have already earned 555 college credits, and one-third are recipients of additional aid through Florida Bright Futures Scholarships. This year’s valedictorian, Mariana Gomez of South Broward High School, is graduating with a 5.37 GPA and plans to study Engineering at the University of Florida this fall. “We are so proud of these students for making a commitment to their education and celebrate their current and future successes!” states Amanda Frey, executive Director of the Take Stock program in Broward.
In addition to the graduating seniors, 80 incoming students were formally inducted into the program, making a promise to uphold high academic standards, while remaining crime and drug free. These students will receive mentoring and college readiness services throughout middle school and high school to help them on their way to earning a Florida Prepaid Scholarship through TSIC.
The formal ceremony, taking place at Nova High School, also acknowledged the dedication of those in the community that helped TSIC students access the keys to success. The featured keynote speaker, Dr. Lester Reid, inspired the students with words of encouragement and wisdom. Ms. Laura Kandetzke from Fort Lauderdale High School and Ms. Mari Lee from Atlantic Technical High School were awarded and recognized as the TSIC School Coordinators of the Year! Also recognized: JM Family Enterprises, Inc. for their fourth annual commitment to be TSIC Broward's Champion of Education and the Jason Taylor foundation for a decade of scholarship funding.
Graduation partners included Broward College, Bank of America, Nova High School and JM Family Enterprises, Inc. Scholarship partners included Broward College Foundation, Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation, Broward Education Foundation, Jarden Consumer Solutions Community Fund, JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Jason Taylor Foundation, Ultimate Software, PNC Bank, and the Stanley G. Tate Florida Prepaid College Foundation.
A delicious dessert reception was provided by BJ’s Wholesale Club, Costco Wholesale, Publix, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods Market, and the culinary teams from both McFatter Technical High School and Nova High School.
About Take Stock in Children
Take Stock in Children (TSIC), a Florida 501(c)3 non-profit organization established in 1995, provides mentors, scholarships and hope for Florida’s exemplary students from low-income families. TSIC is Florida’s flagship and most successful mentoring and scholarship program that has maintained a 92 percent high school graduation rate. In each county, scholars in middle and high school pledge to meet regularly with their mentor, maintain high academic standards, and remain drug and crime-free. Students who fulfill their commitments are awarded scholarships to attend a Florida state college, university or vocational school. To donate, volunteer or learn more about TSIC, please call (888) 322-4673 or go online to www.takestockinchildren.org.