The Take Stock in Children program of Monroe County will send 58 graduating seniors into the world of college and careers with scholarships later this month. 

The TSIC Class of 2022 represents 10% of the entire Class of 2022 graduating from Monroe County schools. The TSIC scholars are leaving high school with a collective average GPA of 3.661, which is 10% higher than the average GPA of the overall district’s class of 2022. 

 Over 60% of the Take Stock graduates will enroll directly in a four-year university; 36% will begin their studies at a Florida college or at a career technical college. The scholars received acceptance letters from several very competitive state universities, and two received acceptances to competitive private and out-of-state schools — UCLA and University of Miami.

The students endured a very challenging high school experience. COVID derailed their sophomore year and their junior year was a blend of in-person and online instruction. They experienced a more traditional senior year, but the impact and lingering effects of COVID persisted.

The Take Stock in Children graduation event will take place on Saturday, May 21 at 11:30 a.m. in the Marathon High School auditorium. During the celebration, mentors proudly escort their mentees on stage before the scholars receive their Take Stock medallions and scholarship certificates. All are welcome to attend and congratulate the scholars.

Take Stock in Children is the flagship program of the Monroe County Education Foundation. Nearly 800 scholarships have been granted to Monroe County students since 2000. More than 90% of those students have earned a college degree or career certificate, well above the national average.More information is at monroecountyedfound.com or 305-293-1546.

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