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Students ‘take stock’ of college with scholarship signing

— South Florida State College’s Take Stock in Children program recently awarded 22 new scholarships to students in Highlands County.

Students who received scholarships were Amy Albandoz, Brianna Nobles, Brooklyn Simmons, Caylee Demeere, Chanah Bobo, James Frith, Earlson Nabor, Jameka Fields, Javier Gonzalez, Jonathan Psaras, Juliana Gervais, Kaytlynn Nobles, Kristen Knust, Krystal Rivera, Lauren Eubanks, Maria Martinez- Hernandez, Neaychma Fogle, Preya Manraj, Shaneria Williams, Terrance Butler, Tristen Orr and Victor Salinas.

Take Stock in Children is a statewide program that provides at-risk children with a mentor and a college scholarship. In return, TSIC scholars sign contracts in which they promise to remain drug-free, avoid behavior that would get them into trouble with law enforcement, attend school regularly and earn satisfactory grades. The students’ parents also sign the contracts and agree to provide home environments conducive to education and to participate in.

“When we awarded these 33 scholarships throughout DeSoto, Hardee and Highlands school districts, it was phenomenal,” said Irene Castanon, TSIC program coordinator. “There were so many students who were really nervous and excited at this year’s contract signings. More importantly, their hope of going to college has now become a reality.”

The South Florida State College Foundation is the lead agency for Take Stock in Children within the college’s service district of DeSoto, Hardee and Highlands counties. The program has been in place for 19 years and has awarded scholarships to over 400 local students.

For information, call Castanon at 453-3133 or visit http://www.southflorida.edu/foundation/takestock/.