Business & Economy

UWF, Gulf Power, Take Stock in Children partner to launch Take Stock Collegiate Scholars program

This fall, the University of West Florida has launched a first-of-its-kind program in the state of Florida that provides educational support for Take Stock in Children students as they become college scholars.

With the support of the Gulf Power Foundation, University of West Florida will be able to give students who have barriers to college completion the additional research-based support they need to successfully graduate and hopefully use their education, skills and talents right here in Northwest Florida.

This partnership with Gulf Power will enable UWF to provide support and resources to participants of Florida’s Take Stock in Children initiative throughout their college education, encouraging them to graduate in four years.

“I am grateful to Gulf Power for their generous support of this program,” said University of West Florida President Martha Saunders. “Together we are building a model other universities and communities can replicate to help Take Stock Collegiate Scholars succeed in their studies, graduate in four years, and move into productive careers.”

UWF will expand existing services, customize programming for Take Stock Collegiate Scholars and look to engage additional local businesses to offer opportunities for students to engage in high-impact learning through visits with area business professionals, internships and mentorship. Scholars will have access to a full-time coordinator who will provide resources and support needed to achieve their academic goals.

“It’s a privilege for Gulf Power to have the opportunity to invest in the lives of these young students who are actively seeking a brighter future,” said Stan Connally, Gulf Power chairman, president and CEO. “Programs like these help change the entire trajectory of a life, which in turn can create a positive ripple across communities.”

Take Stock in Children Inc. is a nonprofit organization that strives to break the cycle of poverty for low-income, academically qualified students by providing opportunities for a post-secondary education. The program offers college scholarships, provides volunteer mentors and instills hope for a better life while ensuring students graduate high school with the knowledge and skills needed to complete their postsecondary education and successfully enter the workforce.

Take Stock Collegiate Scholars will improve the lives of an estimated 200 students in four years and be positioned as a model for similar partnerships with other colleges and universities across Florida.