Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation Honors Take Stock in Children Scholars

The Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation honored 26 Take Stock in Children (TSIC) graduates and 13 newly-selected scholars on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, in a ceremony at the Niceville Community Center.

One of the primary focuses of the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation, the Take Stock in Children Scholarship Program 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.  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 Executive Committee of 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 mentor.  Students who maintain the terms of their contracts are awarded tuition scholarships to the post-secondary institutions of their choice.

The TSIC 2014 Graduates are:
Michael Baffa, Niceville HS, Niceville-Valparaiso Rotary Scholar
Charlene Cafini, FWBHS
Samantha Colson, FWBHS
Ben Crowson, Baker School, Wal-Mart Scholar
Brandon Darby, Crestview HS
Olivia Davis, Niceville HS, Mid-Bay Rotary Scholar
Jacob Frame, Choctawhatchee HS, Kit Edwards Memorial Golf Scholar
Zachary Frame, Choctawhatchee HS, Panhandle Job Fair Foundation Scholar
Danielle Gortt, Laurel Hill School, Dr. Mabel Jean Morrison Memorial Scholar
Jorden Holland, Collegiate HS, Community Youth Trust Scholar
Walter Jagielski, Crestview HS, Cox Communications Scholar
Curtis Jarrett, Choctawhatchee HS
Courtney Kitchens, Niceville HS
Haylee Knight, Niceville HS, Katie Mathew White Memorial/City of Niceville Scholar
Jessica Laguerre, Crestview HS, Pearl Tyner Scholar
William Lawson, Niceville HS, Katie Mathew White Memorial/City of Niceville Scholar
Travis Maxwell, Crestview HS, Wal-Mart Scholar
Daceya McDuffie, Niceville HS
Kaleb Parker, FWBHS, Julie Maret Memorial Scholar
Keidra Perdue, Crestview HS, Workforce Development Board Scholar
Kylie Quinnell, Niceville HS , Community Youth Trust Scholar, Niceville HS
Ahmad Rasheed, FWBHS, Workforce Development Board Scholar
Destiny Rutland, Niceville HS, Twin Cities’ Woman’s Club Scholar
Melani Stinson, FWBHS, Wal-Mart Scholar
Chloe Talaric, Laurel Hill School, Workforce Development Board Scholar
Layla Tarpley, Niceville HS, Workforce Development Board Scholar

Click here to see a photo gallery with individual pictures of all of our TSIC students.

Thank you to the Class of 2014 TSIC Mentors:
Brian Bates
Danny Bradford
Anne Campbell
Linda Castleman
Albert Conway
Lois Cule
Ronda Davenport
Linda Haagen
Bernard Johnson
D’Arcie Lennard
Jim Liufau
Jovie Lopez
Derek Lott
Diane Meredith
Donna Miller
Heidi Morgan
Carol Mullins-Hernandez
Chris Olsen
Jeremy Peaden
Robert Rule
Shavone Scott
Carla Standridge
Pam Walters
Craig Yort

In-Coming Class of TSIC Scholars are:
Xavier Adams-Stewart, Niceville HS, Mid-Bay Rotary Scholar
Haliegh Castonguay, Baker School
Parker Chojnowski, Lewis School
Amanda Clark, Niceville HS, Katie Mathew White Memorial/City of Niceville Scholar
Darby Edge, Laurel Hill School
Evelyn Farrior, Bruner MS
Shelby Fugate, Laurel Hill School
Haley Gatlin, Ruckel MS, Katie Mathew White Memorial/City of Niceville Scholar
Tania Laguerre, Crestview HS
Deken Madry, Choctawhatchee HS, Kit Edwards Memorial Golf Scholar
Isaiah McKisson, FWBHS
Mario Olvera Rodriguez, FWBHS
Arthur Pruitt, Niceville HS

Click here to see a photo gallery with individual pictures of all of our TSIC students.

Much of the success of the Take Stock in Children program can be attributed to the support and encouragement of administrators and counselors throughout the district and the generous donations from the following:

Full Scholarship Donors
Kit Edwards Memorial Golf Scholar
Mid-Bay Rotary Club
Katie Mathew White Memorial/City of Niceville Scholar

Scholarship and TSIC Program Contributors
American Business Women’s Association
American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)
The Boeing Company
Center for Lifelong Learning
CHELCO
GFWC FWB Women’s Club, Inc.
Gulf Power Company
Drs. David and Virginia Morgan
Richard Bounds
Niceville- Valparaiso Rotary Club
Okaloosa Gas Company
Panhandle Job Fair Foundation
Society for Human Resource Management
State Farm
United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties
Wells Fargo Bank

The recognition ceremony and reception following were sponsored by the City of Niceville and Publix.

Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation, Inc.

The Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation, Inc. (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.

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