Congratulations to our Class of 2021 TSIC Graduates

Class of 2021 TSIC Graduates

On June 10, 2021, the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation (OPSF) celebrated the Class of 2021 Take Stock in Children (TSIC) graduates at a picnic at Liza Jackson Park.

OPSF Executive Director Steve Horton, stated, "We are all very proud of our graduating seniors in the Take Stock program. They have shown tremendous resilience this year, and I’m confident they’ll do very well in college!"

A primary focus of OPSF, the TSIC Scholarship Program is a unique and innovative program that provides post-secondary scholarships to deserving youth who may not go on to college because of their families' financial situation. Students with good grades, good attendance, and good discipline records who meet the income eligibility requirement are invited to apply for these scholarships. Each student who is selected by the Foundation signs a contract, along with his or her parent, promising to maintain a good school record, to remain drug and crime free and to meet weekly with a community-based mentor. Students who maintain the terms of their contracts are awarded tuition scholarships to the post-secondary institutions of their choice.

Congratulations Class of 2021:

Choctawhatchee High School

  • Tamira Moore - Rapid Transit NW FL Scholar
  • Marva Hills
  • Piper Taylor - The Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation Scholar
  • Nancy Hale
  • Miya McKinnie - Victoria Gaetz Scholar
  • Elizabeth Hambleton

Collegiate High School

  • Samuel Harkins - Ken Baltes Memorial Scholarship
  • Bo Arnold
  • Kailey Secondine - Destin Commons Scholar
  • Heather Ruiz

Crestview High School

  • Caroline Gailey - Workforce Initiative Scholar
  • Karen Minor
  • Emma Lee Whidden - Workforce Initiative Scholar
  • Coralys McBride

Fort Walton Beach High School

  • Wyatt Conner - OPSF Scholar
  • Justin Gordon
  • Christian Padron - Workforce Initiative Scholar
  • Jim Liufau
  • Thomas Harrelson – OPSF Scholar
  • Jonathan Watson

Niceville High School

  • Samantha Gonzalez - Katie Mathews White Scholar
  • Jane McCarty
  • Evan Nguyen - Panhandle Job Fair Scholar
  • Les Chambers

Laurel Hill School

  • Kaitlynn Southard - OPSF Scholar
  • Anne Campbell

Congratulations! We celebrate your accomplishments and look forward to your continued future success. We are grateful for the commitment of your family members, teachers, school administrators, mentors, and scholarship donors who have invested in your future and provided support for the attainment of your educational goals.

Visit the OCSD Facebook page to see a complete photo gallery of this event.


About the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation (OPSF)

The OPSF is a not-for-profit community-based public schools foundation. It is a partnership between families, schools, community, and business. The Foundation is dedicated to supporting and extending the educational opportunities of all individuals within Okaloosa County. Since its establishment in 1995, OPSF has funded educational enrichment programs including teacher grants for unique programs, student scholars in the Take Stock in Children Program, community educational initiatives, and student and teacher recognition awards. For more information about Take Stock in Children and the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation,