Take Stock in Children (TSIC) Founded in 1995 in response to the need for a scholarship program that provides more than just financial assistance to recipients, Take Stock in Children is a comprehensive program that helps underserved students stay in school, earn a high school diploma, graduate from college and enter the workforce. Enrolling students as early as the eighth grade, the program offers; a college tuition scholarship, volunteer mentors to provide support, and a case manager to support the student's educational achievements. College and career counseling are also offered to all participants.

Students in the program sign performance contracts agreeing to get good grades, exhibit positive behavior and remain drug and crime free. If all program requirements are met, students receive a college tuition scholarship when they graduate high school!

21st Annual Take Stock in Children Scholarship Scramble

Tournament Day

Hosted by The Citrus Center Kiwanis Club & the Polk Education Foundation

All funds raised for scholarships thru this tournament are matched dollar-for-dollar by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation and scholarships awarded to Polk County Public School students in the Take Stock in Children program!

Date: October 11, 2023
Time:  7:30 pm registration opens, 9 am shotgun start
Place: Grasslands Golf and Country Club
1600 Grasslands Blvd., Lakeland

Funds raised are used to purchase Florida Prepaid Scholarships for students in the program, and, are matched dollar-for-dollar by the FPP College Foundation!

Registration and payments via credit card can be made here.
Registration and payments made via check should use this form.

Please call 863-534-0519 with any questions.

21st Annual Take Stock in Children Scholarship Scramble tournament

details along with sponsorship information

Par Sponsor: $700

Includes 1 foursome, 2 carts, 1 hole sign on a tee or putting green, name on tournament media, 4 putting contest entries, continental breakfast and lunch, along with opportunities to win valuable prizes and awards.

Birdie Sponsor: $1,500

Includes Par Sponsor Plus; Recognition at the lunch and award ceremony and recognition on golf cart media.

Eagle Sponsor: $3,000

Includes Par and Birdie Sponsor Plus; “Thank You” on Foundation marquee and social media, speaking brief at the luncheon, scholarship co-named for sponsor, recognition presented live at a televised Polk County School Board Meeting.

Albertross Sponsor: $5,000

Includes Par, Birdie, and Eagle Sponsor Plus; One additional foursome for a total of eight team players, 4 golf carts, your company or institution’s sign or banner; provided by your company displayed at the tournament, your logo on the TSIC website for the duration of one year, a full scholarship named after the sponsor along with an invitation to present the award publicly at the senior award ceremony, perks of a $1,000 “Teacher of the Year” sponsor event, including 5 tickets to a televised event along with recognition at the event, which airs for one year.

Individual Player: $175

Includes a golf cart for use by two players, 1 putting entry ticket, continental breakfast and lunch.

Two Hole Sign Sponsor: $200

Two signs, with your company name and phone number, placed on the front nine and the back nine.

One Hole Sign Sponsor: $150

One sign, with your company name and phone number, placed near a tee or green.

  • All proceeds raised from this tournament are matched dollar for dollar to purchase Florida Prepaid scholarships for Polk County students!
  • TSIC students participate in a mentorship program throughout high school.
  • Each program participant has a two year tuition scholarship waiting for them if they graduate.
  • Last year 100% of Polk County seniors that participated in the TSIC program graduated from high school! That’s far greater than the State average!
  • Over the past 20 years, more than 650 deserving students have been given 2 or 4 year scholarships thru Take Stock in Children for higher education.

Registration and Donation Methods

  • Register and pay online at: www.polkeducationfoundation.org/pef/takestockinchildren
  •  The Polk Education Foundation is a 501(c)3, all donations made are tax deductible
  • Send Checks with player names and handicaps to: TSIC Scholarship Scramble, Polk Education Foundation, 1530 Shumate Drive, Bartow, FL 33830
  • Send me an invoice by e-mail to: __________________________________________________

***Contest tickets will be noted on the website and available for prepurchase as well.


Congratulations Class of 2022!

Congratulations to the Take Stock in Children Seniors!

Katelyn B. Louse J. Ninoshka G. Cecilia V. Kristin R. Jaylen C. Luis S. Nyjah W. Valencia H. Amanda J. Damaris R. Jose B. Krystalynne B. Nancy A. Victor T. Rosemary L. Amane W. Eyas A. Kasaidy M. Laiza R. Surissa P Nathaniel H.

Congratulations to the newest Take Stock in Children Scholars!


Fort Meade Middle/Senior
Maria Del Carmen Hernandez-Reyes
Emmanuel Jeronimo-Angeles
Janely Perez
Evelin Perez-Cruz
Victor Vazquez

Stambaugh Middle
Lorcine Chery
Landen Lindsey
Sebastian Lindsey
Abigayle Meadows
Carmen Ramirez
Jose Santos

Roosevelt Academy
Diana Lopez

Mulberry Middle
Daniela Alvarez Lagunas
Keyla Bernardez
Jazmine Longino Mosso
Felix Macedonio
Esmeralda Vazquez-Hernandez

Lawton Chiles Middle Academy
Kamryn Veasy

Union Academy
Sebastian Delanis
Italia-Franchesca Lopez
Glory Salako
Jaleisya Tucker


TSIC Mentor

Mentors are matched with a high school student at a school near their home or work. We ask that our mentors visit their students on the school campus only, at a time approved by the student's teacher, each week, or every other week, for 30 minutes. Lunch is a great time for mentors to meet with their students, watch this video to see how you can "change a life over lunch"! Email Susan Copeland at susana.copeland@polk-fl.net if you would like more information on becoming a TSIC mentor or view the application.



No scholarship opportunities currently available.

Ways to help support Take Stock in Children

Sponsor a Scholarship - You can sponsor a current Take Stock in Children student with a 2-year Florida Prepaid Scholarship (2 year Florida College Plan = 60 lower division credit hours of tuition and local fees at a Florida public college)

Class of 2022 - $3742.53, Class of 2023 - $3753.72, Class of 2024 - $3244.34, Class of 2025 - $3171.25

Sponsor a Workshop - You can give any dollar amount to help Take Stock in Children staff members host workshops for the Take Stock in Children students. This donation would be used for paying a speaker, food for the event, paper goods, incentives for attending, etc.

Support Take Stock in Children


Hook, Line & Thinker Bass Tournament Results

1st place and Big Bass

1st place and Big Bass - Jason L and Traci B with 24.20 lbs
and a big bass of 7.58 lbs.

2nd place  Chris E and Zach

2nd place - Chris E and Zach T with 15.48 lbs.

Thank you to A & E Auto Body and Atlantic Payroll for their sponsorship!

A & E Auto Body Building

Atlantic Payroll

Student Success Stories

Scholarship Recipients

For Current Scholarship Recipients

All graduating seniors must complete the FAFSA in order to receive
the Bright Futures scholarship, Take Stock in Children Florida Prepaid scholarship or Polk Education Foundation scholarships.


Please call 863-534-0519 and ask for assistance about the Take Stock in Children program.

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