2013 Leaders 4 Life Fellows

Meet the 2013 Leaders for Life Fellows

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    Ben Carpenter A Take Stock in Children scholar, Benjamin Carpenter is from Brandon, Florida in Hillsborough County. He graduated from High School in 2013 with a 6.32 GPA, as Tampa Thunder Soccer Team Captain, and with many prestigious awards for his 501 (c) 3 organization “Ben’s Mends.” He went on to attend the University of Central Florida where he plans to graduate in 2017. ...Read More
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    Esther Benette A Take Stock in Children scholar, Esther Benette is from Belle Glade, Florida in Palm Beach County. She graduated from High School in 2013 with a 4.748 GPA and ranked third in her class. She went on to attend Florida State University where she graduated in 2016. ...Read More
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    Katty Pierre-Charles A Take Stock in Children scholar, Katty Pierre-Charles is from Bradenton, Florida in Manatee County. She graduated from High School in 2013 with a 4.5 GPA and was chosen as a Florida Girls State delegate. She also placed first in the Lockheed Martin Manatee Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Katty now attends the University of South Florida and plans to graduate in May of 2018. ...Read More
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    Kaylee Mancillas A Take Stock in Children scholar, Kaylee Mancillas is from Wauchula, Florida in Hardee County. She graduated from High School in 2013 with a 4.35 GPA. She was President of the National Honor Society, Student Council Senior Class Vice President, and was nominated for Homecoming Queen. She attends the University of Central Florida and plans to graduate in May of 2017. ...Read More
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    Wade McDonald A Take Stock in Children scholar, Wade McDonald is from Homosassa, Florida in Citrus County. He graduated from High School in 2013 with a 4.12 GPA. He was the recipient of the Boy Scouts World Conservation Award and Bright House Volunteer Service Award. He attends the University of Central Florida and plans to graduate in the fall of 2017. ...Read More


Take Stock in Children provides college scholarships for deserving low income at-risk students, but books supplies, housing, food, transportation and more are all expenses college students must bear in addition to tuition. For five Florida high school seniors, those expenses will be paid thanks to the generosity of the Asofsky Family Foundation.
 
Esther Benette of Palm Beach County,  Benjamin Carpenter of Hillsborough County,  Kaylee Mancillas of DeSoto/Hardee/Highlands County, Wade McDonald of Citrus/Levy County and Katty Pierre-Charles of Manatee County are the 2013 Leaders 4 Life Fellows. Chosen from several thousand Take Stock in Children students, these five were selected based on their demonstration of strong leadership skills, moral character and academic success.
 
Created in partnership with the Asofsky Family Foundation, the Leaders 4 Life Fellowship enables the recipients to excel in a university environment by giving them the resources that empower them to develop their full potential as “leaders for life. The fellowship provides each student with up to $10,000 annually for leadership training and development, housing, food, textbooks, supplies, transportation and other college-related expenses. Fellows were recognized on March 6 in Tallahassee at Take Stock in Children’s Leadership Summit. State and local stakeholders took the opportunity to join Take Stock in Children to recognize and applaud the five scholars’ achievements. State leaders in attendance included Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll, Florida State Lottery Secretary Cindy O’Connell, Florida Power & Light Vice President Mike Sole, and Commissioner of Education Dr. Tony Bennett. Frank Brogan, Chancellor of the State University System of Florida, was also on hand to applaud Mark Asofsky, his family and the foundation for creating an innovative fellowship that allows Take Stock in Children scholars the ability to enter a university without the financial concerns of non-tuition college expenses.
 
“As a strong believer in supporting education for our youth, the Asofsky Family Foundation is honored to celebrate these remarkable Take Stock in Children scholars,” said Mark Asofsky, Founder of the Asofsky Family Foundation. “All are top-notch students who deserve to be recognized for their achievements, and we are working to provide them with the tools necessary to become tomorrow’s great leaders.”
 
“We are so proud to be able to present these life-changing fellowships, generously provided by the Asofsky Family Foundation, as an extension of our commitment to improve college enrollment and retention,” said Take Stock in Children President and CEO Emilio Alonso-Mendoza.  “This is a great opportunity for our incredible students who work so hard towards fulfilling their dream of earning a college degree.”

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