Ernst Burns, FWBHS TSIC Scholar, Wins AABE Scholarship

Ernst Burns, FWBHS TSIC Scholar, Wins AABE Scholarship

Ernest Burns, a Take Stock in Children Scholar at Fort Walton Beach High School, was recently awards a $1500 American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) Scholarship.

Burns graduated Summa Cum Laude and will be attending Florida International University (FIU) in the fall to study Computer Science. A 4-year Tennis team member, he was also involved in several campus organizations, such as the National Honor Society, and the Science National Honor Society.

AABE’s Mission is to provide direct input into the deliberations and developments of energy policies, regulations, emerging technologies, and environmental issues.


About Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation

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.

About Stock In Children

Take Stock in Children, a Florida 501(c)3 non-profit organization, provides mentors, scholarships, and hope for Florida’s low-income and deserving students. Incorporated in 1995 and maintaining a 96 percent high school graduation rate, TSIC is Florida’s flagship and most successful mentoring and scholarship program. In every Florida county, TSIC scholars in middle and high school pledge to meet regularly with their mentor, maintain academic standards and remain drug and crime-free on the way to achieving a high school diploma. The reward for fulfilling these commitments is a scholarship to a Florida state college, university or vocational school. To learn more about the Take Stock in Children program, please contact 850.833.9999.