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Take Stock in Children Applications are Open!

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The Pasco Education Foundation’s Take Stock in Children (TSIC) Program’s application is now open to 9th & 10th grade students! TSIC is a statewide program providing an educational pathway for low-income students by providing scholarships, mentors, and hope.

Eligibility Information: Applicants must meet academic requirements (2.5 minimum cumulative GPA) and low-income requirements to be eligible for the program. Please ensure you review the income eligibility criteria. Income documentation will be collected for applicants who move to the next step of the application process.

Application Process

Who is eligible to apply?

The Pasco Education Foundation’s TSIC Program’s applications for 2023-2024 are currently open to 9th and 10th grade students attending one of the following school options in Pasco County: public school, one of Florida Department of Education’s approved Schools of Choice in Florida, or school through Florida’s Family Empowerment Scholarship program. The TSIC application may open to 8th grade students at the end of this school year, if space remains available.

 

 

 

Rolling Admissions: Completed applications will be reviewed continuously this year, with admission to the program occurring throughout the school year until all open spots are filled. The sooner you complete your application, the sooner it will be reviewed.

Eligibility

Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and meet income eligibility requirements.

Rolling admissions

Completed applications will be reviewed continuously this year, with admission to the program occurring throughout the school year until all open spots are filled. The sooner you complete your application, the sooner it will be reviewed.

What are the steps?

The student and the parent/guardian must complete the application and submit income verification. Please take care when completing the application form, and ensure you complete all the sections and fields of the application. Even fields in the online form not marked required with an asterisk are important in application review. The student and parent/guardian statement sections are important to the application review, please put time and effort into these statements and ensure it is the student who writes the student statement.

Review & Selection Process

Application Review

Applications are reviewed by a selection committee in groups based on the date the application is completed. The top-scoring applications in that group will move to the next stage of the application process, which is the TSIC information workshop. The applicant’s school may also be contacted for references.

TSIC Information Workshop

Applicants selected to move to the next stage of the process will be invited to attend a required TSIC Information Workshop (which also serves as an interview) and prompted to submit any further required documentation, if needed.

Final Selection & Signing of the TSIC Participation Agreement

A final review of applicants who attended the information workshop is completed and the selected applicants are then be sent an offer to participate in the TSIC program, which includes signing a TSIC Participation Agreement by a specified deadline. Once the agreement is reviewed and signed, TSIC services begin!

How are applicants notified as they move through the application process?

All status updates on the student’s application will be communicated directly from TSIC staff via email from their Pasco Education Foundation email account and/or our office phone number (813-794-2134). TSIC also communicates application status updates with the student’s school; the school’s Career Specialist or Guidance Counselor may reach out to assist with communication to the student and parent/guardian.

FAQ

What is TSIC?

​​A statewide program providing an educational pathway for low-income students by providing scholarships, mentors, and hope. You can learn more about the statewide program here: Take Stock in Children of Florida.

What do students receive through TSIC participation?

  • College readiness services through individualized College Success Coaching and group workshops/events
  • A TSIC mentor
  • A scholarship upon successful completion of the program (Florida Prepaid College Foundation Project STARS 2-year Tuition Scholarship)

What should I prepare to provide on the application?

  • Demographic information, household information, and family history
  • The student’s social security number (see additional information in the FAQ)
  • Financial information and documentation (see additional information in the FAQ)
  • The student’s academic and social interests
  • Student and parent statements

Do I need to enter social security numbers on the application?

Students must have a valid social security number to be eligible for TSIC participation, as it is a requirement to be assigned a Florida Prepaid account). If you are not comfortable submitting this early in the process and/or on the online form, you may enter zeros and make a note in the parent/guardian statement to confirm that the student has a valid SSN and that you will provide a paper copy of the social security card to your student’s school for the TSIC office to pick-up if the student moves to the next step of the process.

 

The application also has a field for the parent/guardian’s social security number. It is NOT a requirement to enter that information.

Do I need to submit my income documentation through the online form?

While documentation is required (see the income eligibility document for details), if a family is not comfortable submitting this early in the process and/or on the online form, they may upload a document that states the type of documentation they agree to submit if the student is selected to move to the next stage of the process (e.g., the current year 1040) in the upload field for income documentation.

Rolling Admissions

Completed applications will be reviewed continuously this year, with admission to the program occurring throughout the school year until all open spots are filled. The sooner you complete your application, the sooner it will be reviewed.

This is for the Pasco Education Foundation’s TSIC Program. Space is limited; not all who apply will be selected. Please get in touch with the TSIC Pasco program by phone or email with any additional questions. All emails on the application process should be directed to the TSIC Program Director.