125 Pinellas Students Sign Up for Chance to Earn a Scholarship
If the students meet the requirements, they will receive a Take Stock in Children Scholarship once they graduate high school.
PINELLAS COUNTY – A total of 125 sixth through 10 graders enlisted at the Pinellas Education Foundation’s first signing event of the school year for a chance to earn a Take Stock in Children scholarship.
Students who attended the Feb. 28 event signed a scholarship contract stating they will earn a C or better in each class they take, attend school regularly, have good behavior in and outside of school, meet with a TSIC mentor, and remain crime and drug free, among other pledges. If they stick to the contract, they’ll receive a TSIC scholarship when they graduate high school. The total value of these scholarships is just over $1.75 million.
The 125 students were added to the 4,600 scholars in the Pinellas Education Foundation’s TSIC program. There are more than 1,000 TSIC students currently enrolled in college.
The Foundation’s TSIC program is the most successful in the state. According to the 2015 annual report of the Florida Prepaid College Foundation, which matches the scholarships dollar for dollar with its STARS program, Pinellas makes up approximately 19 percent of the state’s scholars. Broward County is second with 9 percent. The graduation rate for high school students in the Foundation’s Take Stock in Children program is 96 percent.
There will be two more signing events this spring with the next event being held at the St. Petersburg Coliseum on March 29. These TSIC signing events are sponsored by Suncoast Credit Union.
For more about the Pinellas Education Foundation, go to pinellaseducation.org.
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