Take Stock In Children

Take Stock In Children

Welcome to Take Stock In Children Volusia!

Take Stock in Children (TSIC) offers at-risk, low income students college tuition scholarships, caring volunteer mentors and hope for a better life.  FUTURES Foundation facilitates the Volusia Take Stock in Children Program which raises funds for these scholarships through individual, community, civic and private donations. All scholarship contributions currently are matched 100% thanks to Florida Legislative funding through the Stanley Tate STARS (Scholarships For At-Risk Students) Program at the Florida Prepaid College Foundation. Volusia's TSIC students must maintain a 2.5 weighted cumulative grade point average (GPA) throughout high school, attend required events and meet with a volunteer adult mentor on school campus for 30 minutes weekly during the school year. They must also remain alcohol, crime, drug and gang free.

Take Stock in Children has a proven state-wide record with assisting ambitious, goal oriented students to graduate from high school, attend and graduate college and become productive citizens in our community.

In Volusia County, our students are nominated by their guidance counselor while in the 8th grade. If selected, the students attend a contract signing ceremony pledging to remain alcohol, crime, drug and gang free, maintain a weighted cumulative 2.5 GPA and meet with a mentor weekly throughout their high school years.


Take Stock in Children is currently accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year.  Applicants must be in the 8th grade, have a minimum 2.0 grade point average and qualify as low income.  The application deadline is February 4, 2022.  If you have questions about the program or application process, please contact Shimene Shepard at sashepa1@volusia.k12.fl.us or phone (386) 255-6475, ext. 50724. 


Click here for the student application. 



Take Stock in Children is seeking mentors.  TSIC is a college tuition scholarship program for low income, at-risk students who are selected in the eighth grade through an application process.   Students officially begin the TSIC program their freshman year of high school.  Mentors meet weekly with their high school student on school campus for approximately 30 minutes.  If you are interested in becoming a mentor or would like more information regarding Take Stock in Children, please contact Shimene Shepard at sashepa1@volusia.k12.fl.us or phone (386) 255-6475, ext. 50724. 


Click here for the Mentor Application or click here for an online form


 TSIC Donors & Sponsors

of $250 or more

Jack Agett

Darcy Akers Scholarship Fund, Inc.

Bank of America

Jay & Kathy Bond

Eliott & Socorro Calkins

Arlan James Clayton Scholarship Fund

Christopher Cloudman

Earl W. and Patricia B. Colvard Charitable Foundation

Craig & Kelly Conway

Linda & William Cuthbert

Catherine Day

DeLand Breakfast Rotary Club

Dorothy Hukill Foundation

Duke Energy

Faith, Hope and Charity

Helen Farb

Florida Credit Union

Florida Legislature

Florida Prepaid College Foundation

Jeff Hoffer

Indigo Dental

The Paul B. and Constance D. Hunter Charitable Foundation

Intracoastal Bank

Junior Service League of DeLand

Jerry & Kay Luttrell

Margaritaville Latitude at Daytona Beach Foundation

Margarita Society of Volusia County

Morgan Stanley

Bruce & Irene Page

Thomas & Barbara Pentz

William Ross, III

Rotary Club of DeLand

Rotary Club of Downtown DeLand

Rotary Club of Ormond Beach

Space Coast Credit Union

Dr. Michael & Nancy Suah

SunTrust now Truist Bank

Jean Thornton

Wells Fargo


Wholesale Lighting & Rose Ann Tornatore