Students in Citrus County's public schools in the 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th grades and meet the financial requirements are eligible to apply to participate in the program.
Applications are available through school guidance offices or through the Take Stock program office.
Student applications are reviewed by a Scholarship Committee where finalists are selected. The successful applicants along with their parents or guardians are interviewed where the final decision is made for program acceptance.
Upon selection, students and parents/guardians sign contracts agreeing to fulfill specific performance standards.
To be awarded their scholarships, students must stay in school, maintain good grades, exhibit good behavior, remain crime and drug free, meet with their mentors once a week and attend TSIC regular meetings.
Students are held accountable; if they do not fulfill our program standards, they risk losing their valuable college scholarship.
Each student is matched with a caring adult mentor who meets with the student at his/her school for 30 minutes each week.
These volunteer mentors are recruited, trained, supported, monitored, and evaluated by the Take Stock in Children local program. Mentors provide academic and behavioral motivation, guidance, and friendship.
College Success Coaches:
Each student in the program is assigned a college success coach who meets with them during the school year and provides assistance and program support to ensure his or her academic success.
College Success Coaches work closely with mentors and school personnel to confirm that each child is achieving continued success.
Take Stock parents or legal guardians are responsible for supporting and encouraging their children’s academic success by developing positive relationships with teachers, mentors, school administrators, and Take Stock in Children staff, and playing active roles in the educational, cultural, and school-based activities of their child.
Each child who successfully fulfills the requirements of Take Stock in Children receives a fully paid 2 year college tuition scholarship upon graduation.
Students who prefer post-secondary vocational training may, as an alternative, select a vocational education option or a course of study at a college leading to a two-year technical degree.