The Walton County Small Business Association (WCSBA) has partnered with the Walton Education Foundation to create a two-year Florida college scholarship for a Walton County high school student beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.

“One of our primary goals is to grow, advance and maintain a sound economic business environment here in Walton County," said WCSBA scholarship chairman Neill O'Connell. "One that supports existing jobs and creates future job opportunities, not only for adults but also for Walton County students who graduate and want to go to college but who may struggle financially.”

The WCSBA promotes and supports the interests of local small and family-owned businesses in Walton County. The WCSBA recently invested in a STARS (Scholarship Tuition for At-Risk Students) scholarship through the Take Stock in Children Scholarship and Mentoring Program.

“All funds donated to our scholarship are matched dollar for dollar by the state of Florida through the STARS program,” said M. H. Carr, executive director of Walton Education Foundation.

For more information on the Walton Education Foundation, contact M.H. Carr at 850-692-9961 or visit