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Take Stock in Children Scholarship Applications

Take Stock in Children helps students from low-income families achieve academic and personal success by providing them with volunteer mentors & college scholarships. Take Stock is a statewide program, locally a part of the Public Education Foundation. Students attending Marion County Public Schools are selected through a competitive process during their 8th grade year. Students who have completed all of the requirements of the Take Stock program throughout high school, will receive a 2-year college tuition scholarship through the Florida Prepaid Foundation/Project STARS program.

To be eligible to apply, your child MUST meet the following criteria:

  • 2.5 unweighted Grade Point Average (C+ average or above in all classes)

  • Families MUST meet the free/reduced income eligibility guidelines. To check your eligibility for 2021-22 school year, please review the TSIC Eligibility Flyer

  • Families must provide income tax documentation or other qualifying financial documents which can include SNAP or TANF benefits statements listing student as a dependent

If you meet the eligibility requirements, please note the following dates:

October 8th, 2021 - Scholarship Applications are available online at:

  • Families must complete an application

November 19th, 2021- Completed Scholarship Applications DUE online

  • Applications must be completed and submitted online, with proof of income attached (please see above).

  • Families will be notified of their application status by the end of March 2022

  • Eligibility does not guarantee a student will be accepted. A limited number of students are accepted.

*Students that do not have the ability to complete an online application may request a paper copy from their school’s Take Stock coordinator. Online applications are preferred and paper applications will be distributed on a case-by-case basis.

If selected for a Take Stock in Children scholarship, you & your child will sign an official contract and pledge to:

  • Attend a Marion County Public School High School and participate in local Take Stock activities

  • Maintain a 2.5 Unweighted GPA or above during high school

  • Remain drug and crime free and abide by school conduct guidelines

  • Meet with a volunteer mentor weekly and participate in College Readiness activities

For more information about the Take Stock in Children program please contact Diana Scroggie at (352) 671-4165 or email:

Income eligibility guidelines for 2021-2022

For more information about the Take Stock in Children program please contact Diana Scroggie at (352) 671-4165 or email:

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