Escambia County Take Stock In Children Graduates Celebrated

June 1, 2017

Take Stock in Children and the Escambia County Public Schools Foundation awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships recently. The event honored 19 graduating seniors who received tuition scholarships and a laptop computer.

The 2017 Take Stock in Children graduates are: 

  • Escambia High:  Juliana Cunningham:
  • Escambia Virtual Academy:  Myiesha Pitts;
  • Northview High: Chase Olsen, Alston Wiggins;
  • Pensacola High: Ronald Coro, Terrie Pointer, Darin Redick;
  • Pine Forest High: Mariaestella Silva, Meghan Hermance, Quadell Evans;
  • Tate High:  Angeliyah Osuna;
  • Washington High: Ebony House, Si’Miah Johnson, Deonna Lewis, Selena Williams, De’Aja Woods;
  • West Florida High: Jervae Cannon, Taylor Lopes, Kaitlyn Negron.

Take Stock in Children was established in 1995 as a non-profit organization in Florida that provides a unique opportunity for deserving low-income students to escape the cycle of poverty through education. Students receive college scholarships, caring volunteer mentors, college readiness skills, and hope for a better life.  Students are selected through a need-based application process in middle school and comprehensive services continue through high school and include the students’ transition into college. Each student is matched with a volunteer mentor who meets with the student weekly at school.

Scholarships are funded through a unique public-private fundraising model in which local scholarship donations are matched by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation when scholarships are purchased each year. Laptops were donated through a program coordinated by Paul Snider and Ana DeCesare.

Pictured: Representative Clay Ingram, Quadell Evans, Si’Miah Johnson, Chase Olsen, Kaitlyn Negron, Alston Wiggins, Juliana Cunningham, Ron Coro, De’Aja Woods, Terrie Pointer, Deonna Lewis, Mariaestella Silva, Meghan Hermance, Angeliyah Osuna, Selena Williams, Taylor Lopes, Myiesha Pitts, Jervae Cannon, Darin Redick, Representative Frank White.  Not pictured: Ebony House. Photo courtesy Rodney Cammauf Photography for, click to enlarge.


2 Responses to “Escambia County Take Stock In Children Graduates Celebrated”

  1. Bonnie Exner on June 1st, 2017 3:29 pm

    A wonderful program to help well deserved students get a full college scholarship to a FLORIDA COLLEGE. The students ate selected in the end of the 6th grade and assigned a mentor that meets with them for half an hour weekly while in school..the students must maintain a 2.500GPA and no disciplinary referrals through their senior year….The program is always needing mentors..if interested call..MRS. SALLY LEE at 850-469-5458.

  2. Happy on June 1st, 2017 12:26 pm

    Looks like a great group of students with a bright future. Best of luck to you all.

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