Here is a letter from Melanie Custer, Director of Operations:
On behalf of our staff and Board of Directors, I am pleased to report that the Heron Creek Community Foundation’s generous investment in Take Stock in Children (TSIC) of Sarasota County has allowed a deserving North Port student to enter our program and have the opportunity to fulfill his dream of a college education.
As you know, our students are required to maintain positive behavior, remain drug and crime free, achieve solid academic standing, regularly meet with their assigned volunteer mentor, and participate in TSIC college success programs throughout their enrollment in TSIC. Upon their high school graduation, their scholarship awaits them for the next step in their academic journey to the Florida college of their choice. Thanks to the Heron Creek Community Foundation, another North Port student will have the opportunity to take that next step.
Students in our program are selected following an extensive application process involving teacher recommendations, verification of financial need and risk factors, student essays and a personal interview with representatives of the TSIC Board of Directors. It is my pleasure to update you on the TSIC student who has been selected from this applicant pool and designated as the 2019 Heron Creek Community Foundation Scholar:
Ivan Ramos (2019) is a 9th grader at North Port High School. He is a strong student scholastically and enjoys playing baseball for the North Port Storm and volunteering at his church. The Heron Creek Community Foundation’s $4,400 grant was used to sponsor Ivan in the Take Stock in Children program. A four-year college scholarship (valued at $17,600) was purchased for Ivan utilizing matching funds from a local donor as well as the Florida Prepaid College Foundation Project STARS (Scholarship Tuition for At-Risk Students). This prepaid scholarship has been set aside for Ivan to use upon high school graduation and successful completion of the TSIC program. Along with his scholarship, Ivan receives mentoring, college success coaching and college readiness training from TSIC. In addition to weekly meetings with his mentor, Ivan meets monthly with his staff college success coach, who ensures he continues to meet TSIC academic and behavioral guidelines.
Bryce Muniz (2016) is a 12th grader at North Port High School and will be graduating this May. She is dual enrolled at SCF where she has earned college credits in American Government, Intercultural Humanities, Speech and Sociology. She will be attending Florida Atlantic University with an undecided major. Bryce was a member of the NPHS cheerleading team, completed over 100 hours of community service and works at Camp Bow Wow.
We are so thankful for the Heron Creek Community Foundation’s past support of our program and we look forward to helping more at-risk youth in North Port break the cycle of poverty through education. We are happy to provide further details about our program and our inspiring scholars. Please contact me at (941) 735-0807 or email@example.com if you have questions. On behalf of our TSIC staff, Board of Directors and most importantly our students, whose lives will be forever changed by your support of Take Stock in Children, we thank you.”
Take Stock in Children is in need of mentors for North Port High School students. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in changing a life over lunch!
Melanie Custer, Director of Operations