The St Joe Community Foundation has provided a $28,800 grant to the Walton Education Foundation Take Stock in Children Scholarship Program, enabling the Foundation to purchase six scholarships for students whose families demonstrate financial need which may place them at risk of not considering attending college after graduation from high school. If the student fulfills the requirements of the Take Stock in Children Program, he/she will receive a fully paid college tuition scholarship to a Florida post-secondary institution upon graduation from high school. The benefits of the program are:

• The student will be provided a volunteer mentor who provides academic support and motivation;

• The student receives continuous assistance and intervention services by a skilled college success coach;

• Has the active engagement of parents or legal guardians in the child’s academic and personal development; and counseling for career and college success.

“Over the past several years, The St. Joe Community Foundation has provided a total of 17 college tuition scholarships to Walton County high school students,” says Janet Greeno, executive director for The St Joe Community Foundation. “This program is beneficial because it doesn’t just provide the scholarship; it helps ensure students’ academic success by providing mentoring and counseling services to the students so they stay in school, do well and continue onto college.”

Take Stock in Children provides more than an education for a child. It is an opportunity to change a child’s life forever by helping break the cycle of poverty and school dropout rates in the community. Information about the program can be found at To receive more information about the Walton Education Foundation Take Stock in Children Scholarship Program, contact Cindy Anderson, program coordinator, at 850-892-1240, ext. 5182, or at