Take Stock in Children of Lake and Sumter Counties has been selected as a Community Foundation of South Lake County funded partner to launch their new DREAM (Developing Role Models through Engagement, Achievement and Mentorship) Initiative program.

“The third installment of $21,000 will be used to provide a 2+2 Florida Pre-Paid Scholarship to deserving students in South Lake area public schools,” said Carman Cullen, Executive Director of the Educational Foundation of Lake County.  The Community Foundation has provided funding for a total of thirteen 2+2 scholarships for students in our community. The DREAM Initiative is designed to provide all of the resources, support, and services necessary to help students succeed.

Take Stock in Children, a program of the Educational Foundation, identifies at-risk students in the eighth grade, provides selected students with a mentor and an advocate and then rewards them at high school graduation with a college tuition scholarship.

Local money raised for scholarships is matched by the State of Florida, thus doubling the impact on the community.

For Information on volunteering, mentoring or becoming a donor for either organization, please call 352-787-6576 or 352-394-3818.