a group of graduates in blue caps and gowns

Take Stock in Children Monroe, a nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by providing scholarships, mentors, and hope, announced the graduation of 64 seniors from four district high schools. These students are now set to embark on their collegiate journeys, equipped with a Florida Prepaid college tuition scholarship.

On Saturday, May 18 at 11 a.m. in the Marathon Middle High School auditorium, the 24th Take Stock in Children class will receive their medallions and a total value of $1.6 million in Florida Prepaid tuition scholarships. Mrs. Jillian Hasner, president/CEO of Take Stock in Children, will be the honored guest congratulating the students as they join the 1,018 previous Take Stock graduates from the Take Stock Monroe program.

“Our team of success coaches and our family of mentors couldn’t be prouder of this amazing group of 64 graduates,” said Chuck Licis-Masson, Take Stock’s executive director. “This class represents years of perseverance, grit and determination as well as hundreds and hundreds of combined mentor session hours; we are thrilled to celebrate their accomplishments as they begin the next chapter of their educational career with their Take Stock in Children scholarship.”

The ambitions of the Take Stock Monroe class of 2024 reflect a commitment to continued learning and growth. All are pursuing post-secondary education this fall, with 59% enrolling in state colleges, 36% in state universities, and 5% advancing to career technical institutions.

The success of the class of 2024 is a testament to the power of community support, mentorship, and the unwavering belief in the potential of every child. 

More information about Take Stock in Children Monroe is available from Licis-Masson at chuck.licis@monroecountyedfound.com or 305-293-1546.