Yasmina, a Bloomingdale High School student, has a strong passion for social justice and wants to attend university to study criminal justice and psychology but, as an immigrant and the oldest of five children, she didn’t know how she and her family would afford a college education—until she learned about Hillsborough Education Foundation’s mentoring program.

I joined the Take Stock in Children program because I wanted to secure a scholarship for my college education and achieve my goals. I wanted to make it easier for my family by taking advantage of a program that could provide me with guidance on college education and future career opportunities.

Mentees are paired with a college success coach and mentor and have the opportunity to earn at least a 2-year Florida Prepaid Scholarship. Yasmina says she’ll make the most of this opportunity.

This scholarship would give me the chance to pursue higher education and open doors to a brighter future. It is not only a great accomplishment for me personally, but it also brings hope and pride to my family.