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Mediacap011The Bank of America Foundation recently presented a $5,000 check to Take Stock in Children of Lake and Sumter Counties.

“The award of $5,000 will be used to provide college and career readiness training,” said Carman Cullen, Executive Director of the Educational Foundation of Lake County.

Take Stock in Children, a program of the Educational Foundation, identifies financially at-risk students in the eighth grade, provides them with a mentor and an advocate and then rewards them at high school graduation with a college tuition scholarship.

Local money raised for scholarships is matched through the project STARS program, doubling the impact on the community.

For Information on volunteering, mentoring or becoming a donor for either organization, please contact weidnerg@lake.k12.fl.us, or visit www.edfoundationlake.com.

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Take Stock in Children of Lake and Sumter Counties has been awarded $20,000 by the Earl B. & Sophia H. Shaw Charitable Trust, this donation will provide a two-year Florida College Tuition Plan Scholarship to five students in Lake or Sumter counties.

The Earl B. & Sophia H. Shaw Charitable Trust and Take Stock in Children are committed to facilitating access to higher education for underrepresented students.

Take Stock in Children, a program of the Educational Foundation of Lake County, identifies financially at-risk students in the eighth grade, provides them with a mentor and an advocate and then rewards them at high school graduation with a college tuition scholarship.

Take Stock in Children staffing is funded by the State of Florida; the program is represented in all 67 counties in Florida. Local money raised for scholarships are matched 100 percent through the Florida Prepaid Foundation, thus doubling the impact on the community.

For information on volunteer mentoring or becoming a donor for the organization, call 352-787-6576, email Gail Weidner at weidnerg@lake.k12.fl.us or visit www.edfoundationlake.com.

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Take Stock in Children held its annual graduation breakfast celebration on May 13 at the Venetian Garden’s Community Center. The event was sponsored by Insight Credit Union and recognized 23 students who have completed the program and earned their college scholarship.

Take Stock in Children of Lake & Sumter CountiesMore than 75 students, parents, guidance counselors, principals, school administrators, school board members, community leaders, state legislators and sponsors gathered together for one purpose: To celebrate the graduation of 23 high school students in Lake and Sumter counties. As a member of the Take Stock program, each student receives a college tuition scholarship after completing the program and graduating from high school.

The guest speakers for the breakfast included Marisa Bjorklund, Lake-Sumter State College (LSCC) student and Take Stock Alumnus, and Felicia Shelton, LSSC Alumni Association. Bjorklund introduced each student as they received their scholarship.

The Take Stock in Children Class of 2014 includes:

  • East Ridge High — Samuel Ali, Richard DeBruno
  • Eustis High — Chaynce Fry, Jonathan Jimenez, Sarah Lerdo
  • Leesburg High — Ashley Combs, Courtney Riley
  • South Lake High – Salvador Perez, Isai Rivas
  • South Sumter High – Nicholas Canale, Juliana Cruz, Sidney Helms, Jessica Johnson, Marwa Rammuni, Thalia Resinos, Michel Short, Ariana Simmons, Ashley Vera
  • Tavares High – Katelyn Allen, Austin Carbino, Raquel Marquez

“It is great to see all of the community support, not only for the Take Stock in Children program, but for the students who are beginning their journey towards a post-secondary education” said Gail Weidner, Program Manager for Take Stock.

Take Stock in Children, a program of the Educational Foundation of Lake County, identifies financially at-risk students in the eighth grade, provides them with a mentor and an advocate and then rewards them at high school graduation with a college tuition scholarship. Take Stock in Children is a statewide program that operates in all 67 counties in Florida. Local money raised for scholarships is matched by the state, thus doubling the impact on the community. For Information on volunteering, mentoring or becoming a donor for the organization, e-mail weidnerg@lake.k12.fl.us or visit www.edfoundationlake.com.

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Lake-Sumter State College’s Everett Kelly Convocation center was a buzz of excitement on April 24 as Take Stock in Children of Lake and Sumter Counties inducted 47 students into the program at a contract signing celebration.

Take Stock in Children SigningMore than 200 students, parents, guidance counselors, principals, school administrators, School Board members, community leaders and sponsors gathered together for one purpose: To celebrate the induction of 47 students from Lake and Sumter counties. As members of the Take Stock program, each student will receive a college tuition scholarship upon completion of the program and graduation from high school. Richard Scott, Vice President of Student Affairs at Lake-Sumter State College, was the master of ceremonies for the event and introduced each student as they signed their contract along with their proud parents.

“It is great to see all of the community support, not only for the Take Stock in Children program, but for the students who are beginning their journey towards a post-secondary education” said Gail Weidner, Program Manager for Take Stock.

  • CARVER MIDDLE — Andrew Santiago
  • CLERMONT MIDDLE — Tyler Coolidge, Angelica Henao, Andy Hernandez, Asia Lavender, Natalie Moody, Maneshia Neura
  • EAST RIDGE MIDDLE — Kayla Abikarram, Kya Casseus, Anna Collins, Adaijah Jackson, McKayler McKinnon, Thalia Ramirez, Giovanni Valencia
  • GRAY MIDDLE — Mariajose Arreola, Jasmine Lee, Noelle Nicholas, Jalyn Pace, Uriel Rubio
  • MOUNT DORA MIDDLE — Kayla Freeman, Danielle Hoffman, Yanek Sanchez-Morales, Alexander Shepherd
  • OAK PARK MIDDLE — Chassidy Berry, Alexis Davis, Joshua Saint-Ulysse
  • SOUTH SUMTER MIDDLE — Destiny Brown, Lorenzo Brown, Travis Burkes, Lizbeth Cruz-Garcia, Ana Gamez-Henriquez, Antonio Hernandez, Casey Lovett, Kay-Sha Perkins, Melissa Rodriguez
  • TAVARES MIDDLE — Darius Darkin
  • UMATILLA MIDDLE — Crystal Harris, Taylor Kennedy, Gisselle Martinez-Perez
  • THE VILLAGES CHARTER MIDDLE — Madison Sheets
  • WINDY HILL MIDDLE — Shaianne Berry, Katelyn Hixon, Falont Laveus, Dezuray Logan, Valentina Nunez, Natalia Palma, Ieska Uriarte

Take Stock in Children, a program of the Educational Foundation of Lake County, identifies financially at-risk students in the eighth grade, provides them with a mentor and an advocate and then rewards them at high school graduation with a college tuition scholarship. Take Stock in Children is a statewide program that operates in all 67 counties in Florida. Local money raised for scholarships is matched by the state, thus doubling the impact on the community. For Information on volunteering, mentoring or becoming a donor for the organization, e-mail weidnerg@lake.k12.fl.us or visit www.edfoundationlake.com.

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Take Stock in Children of Lake and Sumter Counties has been awarded $8,000 by Wells Fargo to provide a two-year Florida Prepaid Scholarship to one deserving student in Lake or Sumter County.

Both Take Stock in Children and Wells Fargo are committed to facilitating access to higher education for underrepresented groups, said Carman Cullen-Batt, Executive Director at the Educational Foundation of Lake County.

Take Stock in Children, a program of the Educational Foundation of Lake County, identifies financially at-risk students in the eighth grade, provides them with a mentor and an advocate and then rewards them at high school graduation with a college tuition scholarship.

Take Stock in Children staffing is funded by the state, and the program operates in all 67 counties in Florida. Local money raised for scholarships is matched by the State of Florida, thus doubling the impact on the community.

For more information on Take Stock in Children of Lake and Sumter Counties, call 352-787-6576, email Gail Weidner at weidnerg@lake.k12.fl.us , or visit www.edfoundationlake.com.

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Take Stock in Children of Lake & Sumter Counties is pleased to announce its selection to receive a $1,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Restaurants Foundation Inc.

The grants program, now in its third year, empowers each restaurant in the Darden family of brands to help award a $1,000 grant to support local community programs. The donation will enable Take Stock in Children’s project to continue to provide the hope of a college education and the support of a mentor to students in the community.

Darden’s Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s and Yard House brands participated in the program. Many restaurants and brands worked together to award one nonprofit organization with a larger grant and make a greater impact in their community. Nonprofits receiving grants support one of Darden’s three key focus areas: education, preservation of natural resources and hunger relief.

Take Stock in Children, a program of the Educational Foundation of Lake County, identifies financially at-risk students in the eighth grade, provides them with a mentor and an advocate and then rewards them at high school graduation with a college tuition scholarship.

For more information about the Darden Foundation, visit http://www.dardenfoundation.com. For more information on Take Stock in Children of Lake & Sumter Counties, call 352-787-6576, email Gail Weidner at weidnerg@lake.k12.fl.us or visit www.edfoundationlake.com.

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Take Stock in Children of Lake and Sumter Counties awarded a scholarship upgrade to five of their top students in the class of 2015.

The students, along with their parents and mentors, were presented their awards at the Lake County School Board meeting on Feb. 10.

Students who had their scholarships recently upgraded include: Xavier Cajagas, Tavares High School; Cynthia Hernandez, Leesburg High School; Tucker Freeman, South Lake High School; Brittany Sapp, Leesburg High School; and Jade Martin, South Sumter High School (not pictured).

Students who had their scholarships recently upgraded include: Xavier Cajagas, Tavares High School; Cynthia Hernandez, Leesburg High School; Tucker Freeman, South Lake High School; Brittany Sapp, Leesburg High School; and Jade Martin, South Sumter High School (not pictured).

“The upgrade is from a 2-Year Florida College Plan to a 2+2 Florida College Plan,” said Carman Cullen-Batt, Executive Director of the Educational Foundation of Lake County. “The upgrade adds two years of tuition at a state university in addition to two years tuition at a Florida college that were previously awarded to the students.”

Grade point average, behavior, attendance and community service hours served as the criteria for choosing the top five winners. Four of the winners attend a public high school in Lake County and one winner attends a public high school in Sumter County.

Take Stock in Children, a program of the Educational Foundation, identifies financially at-risk students in the eighth grade, provides them with a mentor and an advocate and then rewards them at high school graduation with a college tuition scholarship.

Local money raised for scholarships are matched 100 percent and purchased through the Florida Pre Paid Foundation.

For Information on volunteering, mentoring or becoming a donor, contact 352-787-6576, e-mail weidnerg@lake.k12.fl.us, or visit www.edfoundationlake.com.

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