Wells Fargo Continues Support of Take Stock in Children Scholarship Program

The Take Stock in Children Scholarship Program of the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation has received a grant from Wells Fargo.  The grant will provide support services for the 60 Okaloosa County Take Stock Scholars and their mentors.

The check was presented by Cynthia Zubia, District Manager of the Bluewater Districts and Eric W. Billot, Store Manager of the Sandestin Store. 

“Wells Fargo is proud to support the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation and Take Stock in Children,” said Zubia. “Investing in education and our schools is an important part of our community commitment. We recognize that such an investment helps promote long-term economic prosperity and quality of life for everyone in our communities.” 

In accepting the grant funding on behalf of the Foundation, Superintendent of Schools Mary Beth Jackson spoke of the students whose hopes and dreams will be supported by Wells Fargo. 

“This grant will assure that our 60 Take Stock in Children Scholars have the guidance and support necessary to attain success, graduate from high school and go on to post-secondary education.  It is an investment in the future that will serve our students and our community well.  Wells Fargo is helping us change our future, one child at a time.”

Take Stock is a unique Florida program that provides college scholarships to young people who have good school records but who may not be able to attend college because of their families’ financial situation.   It is administered through the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation. The Wells Fargo grant will provide support services to enhance the academic and advocacy programs for the 60 Okaloosa County Take Stock students as well as support for their community-based mentors.  Each Take Stock Scholar signs a contract, pledging to maintain his or her good school record, stay drug-free and crime-free and meet with a school-based community mentor throughout high school.  Upon graduation, that student is awarded a scholarship to the school of his or her choice.  

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.

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets.  Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,700 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy.  Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune’s 2015 rankings of America’s largest corporations.  Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.