Jackson County Students Chosen for Take Stock in Children Program

By: Brian Hill Email
By: Brian Hill Email

JACKSON COUNTY Three Jackson County students are being rewarded for their hard work, and getting incentive to keep it up.

They signed contracts today that will provide them with a college education.

They're the latest Take Stock in Children Scholarship recipients.

The State of Florida established the Take Stock in Children
program more than a decade ago, rewarding children from at-risk environments for outstanding behavior and academic performance.

Tuesday, Jackson county celebrated as these three students signed "take stock" academic contracts.

If they maintain a "C" average, and stay drug and crime free, they'll receive a college scholarship.

"My parents are as excited as I am,” said rising 9th grader Christopher Corbin. “They're really excited about it too, saves them a lot of money.

"I actually cried over the phone, I'm very proud of him. He's gonna learn a lot, He's gonna do really great," said parent Mary Russell.

Students are selected for the program in the 8th grade. Once they graduate high school, they will then receive a scholarship for about 8 thousand dollars to Chipola College.

This is the first year the scholarship will go directly to Chipola.
"Being a two year college we are able to kinda keep track of our students a little bit more rather than sending them off to a huge university right outta high school," said Take Stock in Children at Chipola College Program Director Mary Helen Smith.

Students on free and reduced lunch program are eligible, so it's a financial relief for parents.

The program also provides students with some individual help.

"We provide a mentor to kinda come along and nudge them along the way throughout high school," said Smith.

"It'd be good to have someone else to turn to for advice about what I could do for help during the school years leading up til I get there," explained Corbin, who wants to go to school for engineering and technology.

Each county raises take stock scholarship funds, then the state matches the amount.

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