“Mentors open the doors of possibilities, putting the students on a path of success,” said Take Stock in Children President and CEO Madeline Pimariega during the ceremony when 50 students graduated from the program last Saturday. The program has graduated 521 students overall, with an average 3.5 G.P.A.

Congressman Carlos Curbelo was on hand for the event and said he was honored to share this occasion with the students. “Education can take you anywhere,” he said to the students. “Take Stock gives students who show potential a springboard for success. Success is different every day and different for every person. Continue following your success.”

John Padget, Vice Chair of the State Board of Education, said the objective of Take Stock is for students to achieve their dreams without ending up with any real college debt. The graduates receive full scholarships for four years of education. Many of the students also qualified for two years of free room and board.

“Live your life with purpose and passion,” said Pimariega. “That will always guide your way.”


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