2012 Leaders 4 Life Fellows

Meet the 2012 Leaders for Life Fellows


  • student-bio-mejia
    Alfonso Mejia A Take Stock in Children scholar, Alfonso Mejia is from Broward County and graduated from Charles W. Flanagan High School in 2012. He was President of his senior class and went on to graduate from the University of Florida. ...Read More
  • student-bio-pierce
    Daniel Pierce A Take Stock in Children scholar, Daniel Pierce is from Escambia County and graduated from JM Tate High School in 2012. In high school, he was the Vice-President of the Senior Executive Board and President of Mu Alpha Theta. Daniel attends Florida State University, where he already graduated with his undergrad in 2016 and is now in med school expected to graduate in 2020. ...Read More
  • student-bio-nguyen
    Huong Thuy Nguyen A Take Stock in Children scholar, Huong Thuy Nguyen is from Manatee County and graduated from Braden River High School in 2012. She founded her high school’s HOSA chapter and served as Chairman of the Key Club. Huong went on to attend and graduate from the University of Florida, Magna cum Laude in April of 2016. ...Read More
  • student-bio-dwyer
    Tyler Dwyer A Take Stock in Children scholar, Tyler Dwyer is from Clay County and graduated from Keystone Heights High School in 2012. While in high school, he dual-enrolled at Santa Fe College and went on to attend the University of Florida. He is now at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and is expecting to graduate with his Master’s in 2018. ...Read More
  • student-bio-colchado
    Vanessa Colchado A Take Stock in Children scholar, Vanessa Colchado is from Polk County and graduated from Bartow High School in 2012. She participated in the International Baccalaureate program and served as the President of Key Club. She went on to attend the University of Florida and plans to graduate in May of 2017. ...Read More


Five deserving high school seniors, Vanessa Colchado (Polk), Alfonso Mejia (Broward County), Tyler Dwyer (Clay County), Houng Thuy Nguyen (Manatee County) and Daniel Pierce (Escambia County), have been honored with Take Stock in Children’s prestigious Leaders 4 Life Fellowship at a state conference attended by hundreds of Florida’s top education leaders in Tallahassee. Take Stock in Children is a statewide non-profit organization with a 16 year history of providing scholarships, mentors and hope to deserving low-income youth/students.

These highly motivated scholars, who are amongst several thousand high school students statewide benefiting from Take Stock in Children, were selected based on their demonstration of strong leadership skills, moral character and academic success. The five worthy students were recognized by Governor Rick Scott, Rep. Marlene O’Toole and many other community leaders during a special reception.

“As an extension of our commitment to improve college enrollment and retention, we were proud to honor these outstanding scholars with Leaders 4 Life Fellowships during our state conference,” said Emilio Alonso-Mendoza, President/CEO of Take Stock in Children. “These are truly life-changing awards, generously provided by the Asofsky Family Foundation, which eliminate all financial burdens and allow the students to devote 100% of their efforts to their studies and personal development.”

Take Stock in Children’s Leaders 4 Life Fellowship Program was created last year in partnership with the Asofsky Family Foundation to provide financial resources, services and support needed to ensure student success throughout college. The fellowship provides leadership training and development, as well as funding for unmet college expenses including costs of housing, food, textbooks, supplies, transportation and more up to $40,000 per student award. 

“We take great pride in offering our Leaders 4 Life Fellowship as it provides all of the tools necessary to prepare these top-notch students for becoming tomorrow’s great leaders,” said Mark Asofsky, Founder of the Asofsky Family Foundation. “It is out pleasure to be working hand in hand with Take Stock in Children to provide deserving youth the opportunity to achieve their dreams of a college education.”

FIND A PROGRAM

Get on the Path to Success

Become a Mentor

Empower a Student

Get Started

Make a Donation

Make a Difference Today

Get Started