AVON PARK, Fla.–May 17, 2016–SFSC’s Take Stock in Children (TSIC) program recently awarded nine new scholarships to middle school and high school students in Hardee and DeSoto Counties at contract signings in April.takestock

TSIC students are matched with mentors who meet with them regularly and help them prepare for college. The South Florida State College Foundation is the lead agency for TSIC in DeSoto, Hardee, and Highlands counties. Since 2000, more than 400 students have graduated from the local TSIC program. Currently, 155 students, grades 7 through 12, are active in the program.

The SFSC Foundation serves as the lead agency for TSIC within the college’s service district of DeSoto, Hardee, and Highlands counties.

For information about Take Stock in Children, call Irene Castanon, program coordinator, at 863-453-3133 or visit TSIC SFSC.

2016 Hardee Contract Signing

Hardee County  Front row, from left: Hardee Sr. High School Principal Dr. Michele Polk, TSIC Program Coordinator Irene Castanon, TSIC scholars: Yisselle Mier, Jose Aleman, Richard Torres, Brittany Lopez-Perez, Esmeralda Morales. Back row, from left: SFSC Foundation Executive Director Jamie Bateman, Superintendent David Durastanti, Hardee Jr. High School Asst. Principal Meredith Durastanti, and School Board Chairperson Teresa Crawford.

2016 DeSoto Contract Signing


DeSoto County  From left: SFSC Foundation Executive Director  Jamie Bateman, DeSoto Middle School Principal Denise Schultz, TSIC scholars: Yeni Flores-Velasquez, Destiny Pelham, Avigail Avila, and Bobby Turnipseed, representing DeSoto County School Board. Student not pictured: Deacon DeFilippo.