Take Stock in Children is a non-profit program that provides scholarships to colleges or vocational/technical schools, caring mentors, and college success coaches for eligible underserved children in DeSoto, Hardee, and Highlands counties.
Since 1995, Take Stock has provided over 30,000 children with scholarships and mentors in Florida.

Take Stock in Children

To be in the program, children must:

  • Complete an application in its entirety
  • Provide financial documents of eligibility
  • Be eligible for the free/reduced lunch program
  • Meet academic and school performance standards
  • Be nominated in the eighth grade by their Florida public school
  • Be selected by the local TSIC Leadership Council
  • Sign a contract agreeing to stay drug- and crime-free
  • Maintain satisfactory grades
  • Exhibit good behavior in school
  • Graduate from a Florida public school

Upon graduation from high school, each student who has honored the Take Stock in Children commitment receives a two-year college tuition scholarship to a state college or to a vocational/technical school.

Click here for a Mentor Application.
Click here for a New Student Application.

To donate to TSIC, please call the SFSC Foundation office at 863-784-7440. 

Contact us at tsic@southflorida.edu or 863-784-7343.

With generous support from