Students in Citrus County's middle schools 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, and meet with their mentors once a week.
Students are held accountable; if they do not fulfill our program standards, they risk losing their valuable college scholarship.
Each child is matched with a caring adult mentor who meets with the student at his/her school for an hour each week. These volunteer mentors are recruited, trained, supported, monitored, and evaluated by the Take Stock in Children local programs. Mentors provide academic and behavioral motivation, guidance, friendship, support and are encouraged to continue their service over a multi-year period with their Take Stock in Children student.
College Success Coaches:
Each child in the program is assigned a college success coach who meets with the student 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 community college leading to a two-year technical degree.