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Take Stock In Children Program Receives Grant from Wells Fargo

The Take Stock in Children (TSIC) Scholarship Program of the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation (OPSF) 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 Eric W. Billot, Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager, Sandestin Branch for Wells Fargo.

“Wells Fargo is proud to support the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation and Take Stock in Children,” said Billot. “Investing in our communities, especially in education, is important at every level. We recognize that such an investment helps promote long-term economic prosperity and quality of life for everyone in our communities. We are proud to assist students in Okaloosa County as they work toward their goal of attaining a college education.” 

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.  For more information about Take Stock in Children and the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation, visit Support Our Schools.

Pictured above, left to right are: Dort Baltes, Special Projects Coordinator/Take Stock in Children; Mary Beth Jackson, Superintendent/Okaloosa County School District; Eric Billot, Assistant Vice President/Wells Fargo; Michele Burns, OPSF Board Member/Executive Director, CareerSource of Okaloosa and Walton Counties; Henry Kelley, Executive Director/OPSF.


About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,500 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 271,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2017 rankings of America’s largest corporations.

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 Take 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 donate, volunteer or learn more about Take Stock in Children, please contact Cindy Frazier at FrazierC@okaloosaschools.com or (850) 833-5859.