Panhandle Job Fair Presents OPSF With Take Stock Scholarship

Prior to opening one of the largest job fairs in the Florida Panhandle, the Panhandle Job Fair Foundation presented to the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation a check in the amount of $8,500.  The contribution is dedicated to the Take Stock in Children Scholarship Program and will be matched, dollar-for-dollar by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.  The presentation was made on behalf of the employers who participate in the Panhandle Job Fair and is the ninth scholarship funded by the Panhandle Job Fair Foundation since 2003.  In addition to funding scholarships, many of the Panhandle Job Fair Foundation members and participating employers serve as school-based mentors for Take Stock in Children Scholars.

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 are left to right: Panhandle Job Fair Foundation Member Michele Burns, District Manager-Kelly Services; Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation Board Member Linda Sumblin, Executive Director-Workforce Development Board of Okaloosa and Walton Counties ; Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation Executive Director, Henry Kelley;  and, Panhandle Job Fair Foundation Member Michelle Crocker, HR Manager, Micro Systems. (Also pictured: Panhandle Job Fair Foundation mascot Manny the Manatee.)

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