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Jai Brown with mentor Joe Deitz

“This scholarship means everything to me! It gives me the opportunity to go to school and not worry about finances so I can focus on studying.”

An engineer at heart, Jai Brown enjoys coding and using his imagination to create things. Always wanting to know and do more in high school, Jai served as Senator David Simmons’ page in Tallahassee through the Florida Senate Page Program, interned at Transforming Property Solutions and Harvest Time International, and got his first job with his mentor’s help. Jai launched his college career at the University of South Florida majoring in electrical engineering.

Take Stock in Children offers deserving, low-income students a chance to escape the cycle of poverty through education. Students are selected in 8th grade, and the comprehensive services continue throughout high school and as they transition to college with a 2-year Florida Prepaid Scholarship.

Weekly meetings with mentors, skills-building workshops, internships, and help completing college, scholarship and financial aid applications keep Take Stock in Children students and parents on track. Every year, students like Jai Brown graduate with a 2-year Florida Prepaid scholarship – funded by businesses, foundations and individuals – and start moving towards their career paths and the means to reverse their family’s cycle of poverty.

The average household income for Take Stock in Children students is less than $20,000 annually, with nearly 90% of the students being 1st generation college attendees, and 60% being 1st generation high school graduates.

Hear from a mentor and scholar to learn how you can help change a student’s life with the Take Stock in Children-Seminole program.

For more information about funding or participating in Take Stock for Children, call 407-320-0301.

Do you have an hour a week to change a life? Are you interested in mentoring one of our Take Stock in Children Seminole scholars? Complete the Mentor Application or email arigobz@scps.k12.fl.us

Hear from a mentor and scholar to learn how you can help change a student’s life with the Take Stock in Children-Seminole program.


How can I show my company’s support of Take Stock in Children Seminole? Email arigobz@scps.k12.fl.us

How do you become a Take Stock in Children Seminole scholar?

Take Stock in Children invites 8th grade students who qualify for free/reduced lunch and have a 2.5 GPA or better to apply to be a TSIC scholar.  This is a competitive program and application process.  If accepted, students and parents/guardians will sign a contract agreeing to guidelines that include grade, attendance, and participation requirements.

In return the student receives:

  • A 2 year Florida Prepaid College Scholarship (60 credit hours of tuition at a Florida community college or vocational school).
  • A mentor with whom the student will meet weekly at school, with cooperation from the school and parent(s).

Student applications are accepted every Spring.
The 2018 application deadline was March 2nd.

Take Stock in Children – Seminole Program Overview

Students can contact their guidance counselors for additional information.