Helping underserved Orlando-area youth graduate high school and achieve their college dreams is the main goal of Take Stock in Children of Orange County.
Major support for that effort comes from the Take Stock in Children Golf Tournament, scheduled this year for Monday, April 25, at the Lake Nona Golf and Country Club.
Valencia, Full Sail University and Tavistock Group are principal sponsors of the tournament.
Valencia administers Take Stock in Children, a statewide program, in the Orlando area in collaboration with Orange County Public Schools.
The idea: Get students in the eighth grade to sign contracts in which they promise to get good grades, behave positively and remain drug- and crime-free. In exchange they get mentors who help them stay in high school and graduate. The students’ reward for graduating: a 2+2 scholarship that pays two years of tuition at any state college and the following two years of tuition at a state university.