Mid-Bay Rotary Club Continues Long History of TSIC Scholarship Support

On August 5, 2015, Xavier Adams-Stewart, a Take Stock in Children (TSIC) Scholarship recipient who is currently a junior at Niceville High School, spoke to the Mid-Bay Rotary Club about the importance of his Take Stock Scholarship and how it will provide him with the opportunity to make a difference in the world.  He also shared with the Rotary Club Members the importance of his Take Stock Mentor and the time that they spend together, talking of his plans and dreams and working on the ways in which he can attain them.  His goals are to go on to college and major in Computer Science with an emphasis on programmable matter.   

Xavier is the eighth student that the Mid-Bay Rotary Club has sponsored for a Take Stock Scholarship.  The Club provides not only scholarship funding but also mentors for the program. Mid-Bay President Bob Hoffman presented Xavier a paperweight with the Rotary’s Four Way Test inscribed. 

The Mid-Bay Rotary Club also presented $3,250 in scholarship funding to the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation for Take Stock.  Representatives from Take Stock included Susan Campbell, Take Stock College Readiness Coach; Cindy Frazier, Take Stock Program Coordinator, and Dort Baltes, Special Projects Coordinator.

Pictured above, left to right: Hilary Hutchings, mother of Xavier Adams-Stewart; Take Stock Scholar Xavier Adams-Stewart; Mid-Bay Rotarian Steve Gardner; and, Mid-Bay Rotary President Bob Hoffman.

About the Take Stock in Children Program

One of the primary focuses of the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation is the Take Stock in Children Scholarship Program. Take Stock is a unique and innovative program that provides four-year scholarships to deserving low-income youth who may not go on to college because of their families' financial situation. Eighth grade 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 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 mentor.  Students who maintain the terms of their contracts are awarded tuition scholarships to the post-secondary institutions of their choice.

For more information on the Take Stock in Children Progam, click here.

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 on the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation, click here.