Student Success Stories

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    Alexis Smith A Take Stock in Children scholar, Alexis Smith graduated from Pine View School in 2015 with a 4.83 GPA while also being enrolled at the State College of Florida. She was a member of the National Honor Society, National Hispanic Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. She volunteered as a Sunday school teacher at Sarasota Christian Church and interned with Critical Vet Care. ...Read More
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    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
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    Allysa Quick A Take Stock in Children scholar, Allysa Quick is from Marion County. She graduated from High School in 2016 and went on to attend the Florida State University. In 2016-2017 she is hoping to volunteer at a hospital, shadow a doctor, and maintain good grades. ...Read More
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    Amalio Montez In his high school years, Amalio Montez faced two major obstacles to achieving his college dreams – a lack of educational role models and limited knowledge on postsecondary education. After he became a Take Stock in Children scholar with the Immokalee Foundation, Amalio said his attitude about his future changed. “Growing up, I felt that I wanted to go to college, but I also felt that there was no chance that I would go and the reason would be finances.” ...Read More
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    Andrea Lee Andrea Lee, an academic advisor at the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. says her life’s journey has brought her full circle. Not so long ago, she was in her student’s shoes – struggling to find the path that would lead to her academic and professional goals. ...Read More
  • Anthony Ritter
    Anthony Ritter Our 2017 Alumnus of the Year Anthony Ritter is a shining example of the transformative power of the Take Stock in Children program. Inspired by how our program changed his own life, Anthony is now changing the lives of countless other students as a teacher and robotics coach at Eustis Heights Elementary. ...Read More
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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
  • Carolina Garcia
    Carolina Garcia Following the hope of the American Dream, Carolina Garcia, a Take Stock in Children Clay Program alumna, remembers when her family moved from Columbia to Florida, settling in Jacksonville. Starting over, her father, a civil engineer in his home country, worked construction jobs to pay the bills and feed his family. Carolina and her brother struggled to adapt to the new country, new language, new school, and new friends. ...Read More
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    Chris Perez When Christopher first moved to Fernandina Beach from Miami in 1996, he was the only Hispanic student in his 5th grade class. Even though this transition was difficult, Christopher managed to overcome the cultural barriers... ...Read More
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    Christian Vallejo A Take Stock in Children scholar, Christian Vallejo graduated from Palmetto Ridge High School in 2015 with a 5.13 GPA, ranked 7th in his class, and while attending Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). He was a member of the Palmetto Ridge Spanish National Honor Society and the FGCU National Honor Society. He was also the founding president for the FGCU chapter of the American Red Cross. Christian now attends the Emory University and plans to graduate in 2019. ...Read More


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