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Take Stock in Children Scholarships

Scholarships. Mentors. Hope.

Applications open March 1, 2024 for Take Stock in Children!
Applications close on May 19th, 2024, with evaluations taking place over the summer.

Take Stock in Children (TSIC) breaks the cycle of poverty by identifying high-achieving, low-income public-school students with college potential and offering holistic support. Students can expect to explore endless opportunities with the Hillsborough Education Foundation’s Take Stock in Children program, designed to support your journey towards a brighter future.

Unlock your potential with our mentoring & scholarship program. Whatever your dreams, we’re here to help you succeed.

What it Means to be a Take Stock in Children Scholar

Take Stock in Children scholars sign a contract promising to remain crime and drug-free, maintain a 2.5 GPA and above, exhibit good behavior, and meet with their assigned mentor regularly through high school graduation. Upon graduation, students receive a 2-year college tuition scholarship. Take Stock in Children staff meet with students in the program each semester to ensure students have the resources they need to complete school. Student grades are tracked quarterly, and immediate intervention is provided should students show signs of academic decline.

Once you have met the program requirements and graduate from high school, you will receive a minimum of a 2-year Florida Prepaid Scholarship.

Student Eligibility

Take Stock in Children Scholarships are only available to students who meet standard criteria set by Florida’s Take Stock in Children Program. To apply for the program, students:

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Students who meet these requirements are encouraged to complete an application. After preliminary application screenings, eligible students will be selected for an interview with Hillsborough Education Foundation. After thorough review by our scholarship selection committee, promising candidates will be invited to become a Take Stock in Children Scholar.

How to Apply

  • Complete an online application with essay questions.
  • Submit tax return 1040* Form and Social Security card.
  • Participate in an interview if selected to move forward.

Application opens: March 1, 2024
Application deadline: May 19, 2024

*Submit a copy of the 2023 tax return Form 1040 with your application. If not filed yet, a 2022 tax return may be submitted initially, but the 2023 tax return Form 1040 is required for admission. The student applicant must be listed as a dependent on the tax return.

About The Florida Prepaid Scholarship

All students in our mentoring program have the opportunity to earn a Florida Prepaid Scholarship, provided they meet our program’s requirements. Obtaining this scholarship is a long-term goal that is achieved through years of hard work. We hope with our program’s support, the opportunity to go to college will help keep you motivated and eager to excel!

If you have questions about your application, please contact Take Stock in Children Director, Mia Wuster at [email protected] or (813) 574-0271.