Check into a Florida Prepaid/Take Stock in Children College Scholarship

Take Stock in Children ( is a statewide, school-based mentoring program that assists in creating a brighter future for deserving youths from economically disadvantaged families by providing college and vocational scholarships, volunteer mentors, support staff, early intervention and long-term support.

Its mission is to provide deserving qualified children with scholarships to college and guidance from caring mentors. Once students are accepted into the program, they remain in the program until they graduate from high school.

Upon graduation, students who complete the program will receive a two-year, tuition-free scholarship (two years of college in Florida) through a partnership with the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.

To apply for this scholarship, students must:

  • Be enrolled in sixth, seventh, eighth or ninth grade in a Citrus County public school
  • Have good grades
  • Regularly attend school
  • Be drug, alcohol and crime-free
  • Meet the federal income eligibility guidelines – listed below
  • Qualify for free or reduced-price lunch

There are income eligibility guidelines, as well, as provided by the USDA.

For more information or to get involved in the Take Stock in Children program, pick up an application packet from the guidance office at your school or visit the website at

Contact the Take Stock Office at 352-344-0855 for more details, including income eligibility guidelines. The fall application deadline is Oct. 22.

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