Picture of OPSF accepting Panhandle Job Fair Foundation check.

Panhandle Job Fair Foundation Funds TSIC Scholarship 

The Panhandle Job Fair Foundation recently presented a check in the amount of $8,500 to fund a Take Stock in Children Scholarship through the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation.  The contribution will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation to fund a four-year college scholarship.  The presentation was made on behalf of the employers who participate in the Panhandle Job Fair and is the tenth scholarship funded by the Panhandle Job Fair since 2003.

The Panhandle Job Fair began in the Spring of 1993 primarily to assist military service members seeking employment opportunities after completing their military careers.  It was later expanded to include military spouses and the general public.  The Panhandle Job Fair attracts companies nationwide who are seeking well-qualified, educated and experienced individuals for employment opportunities worldwide.  The Job Fair attracts over 100 companies and averages 1,000 jobseekers at each fair.

Pictured above, from left to right:  Henry Kelley, Executive Director, Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation; Okaloosa County School District Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson; Panhandle Job Fair Foundation Member Michele Burns, District Manager, Kelly Services; Linda Sumblin, Executive Director of Workforce Development Board of Okaloosa and Walton Counties and Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation Board Member; Panhandle Job Fair Foundation Member Michelle Crocker, HR Manager, Micro Systems; and Melissa Thrush, Okaloosa County School Board Member and Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation Board Member.

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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, visit www.OkaloosaSchools.com/OPSF.