The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools holds Virtual Take Stock in Children (TSIC) Graduation Luncheon



The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools holds Virtual Take Stock in Children (TSIC) Graduation Luncheon

Awarding 35 Students with 4- Year College Tuition Scholarships totaling approximately $550,000


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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

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 Fort Myers, Fla (May 26, 2021) – On Friday, May, 21 The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools recognized 34 high school seniors graduating from the Take Stock in Children Program. The graduates will receive a four-year, college tuition scholarship with a total value of approximately $550,000. The virtual luncheon served as an opportunity for parents, mentors, and members of the business community to recognize the students for completing the program.

Foundation President & CEO, Marshall T. Bower, Esq.  delivered an encouraging speech to the graduates, along with keynote speaker Joe Mitchell, President of Pool Pros, Board Member and current TSIC mentor, who shared inspiring words on how rewarding it is to be a mentor in the TSIC program.


“ Without a mentor, I don’t think I would have had the ability to graduate”, stated a TSIC graduate.  I didn’t always have a positive motivating adult in my life and my mentor showed me that I was capable of conquering anything I put my mind to.  I know as I move on to college my mentor will be cheering me on and will be a part of my life forever!”.


“These outstanding students all maintained high GPAs and fulfilled their promise to be good citizens of our community,” says Marshall T. Bower, President, and CEO of The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools. “Equipped with a college education they will become our next leaders and decision-makers. Our future is in good hands!”


Take Stock in Children was established in 1995 as a statewide scholarship program that provides a unique opportunity for deserving, low-income, at-risk youth to escape the cycle of poverty through education. The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools administers the program in Lee County.  Students enter the program in 6th or 9th grade and are required to sign a contract and meet specific expectations. Students are provided with caring volunteer mentors who remain continuously involved with students by providing ongoing educational and career counseling. Having met all of the program’s requirements, students are awarded a four-year college tuition scholarship upon graduation.


Pictured 5/20/21: Take Stock in Children Graduates & Mentors


AxelAriasEast Lee County HS
JulianaArozenaBonita Springs HS
JaniceArteagaIda S. Baker HS
KevinAyalaRiverdale HS
DenverBoxleitnerIsland Coast HS
TakhiyaCarterNorth Fort Myers HS
CorbriaCrawfordDunbar HS
MariCruzEstero HS
DanaysGermanIsland Coast HS
JordanGozaIda S. Baker HS
AngeliaGreenwellIda S. Baker HS
MeaganHetheringtonMariner HS
Ka’DaveanJonesRiverdale HS
NathanielKhanFort Myers HS
IsaiahMaloyDunbar HS
LidialysMartinezNorth Fort Myers HS
LizvettMartinezLehigh Senior HS
SolanaMillikFort Myers HS
JovanniOcampoDunbar HS
AngiePerezCape Coral HS
KayleeProulxIda S. Baker HS
EdselLopez -RamosEast Lee County HS
JazlynReyesRiverdale HS
RochandaRoacheDunbar HS
ErikaRojasEast Lee County HS
LydiaSanchez-BrulandSouth Fort Myers HS
AishaSmallerMariner HS
KiandreSmallerMariner HS
EstherThervilusFort Myers HS
JasmineThomasNorth Fort Myers HS
JordinTubbCypress Lake HS
YeseniaValdezBonita Springs HS
VirginiaValentinEast Lee County HS
DominicZuingaCape Coral HS



About The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools: The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Inc. is a private, 501(c)3 organization established in 1986. Its mission is to enhance and enrich the quality of public education in Lee County for students and educators through programs, resources, and experiences made possible through corporate, individual, and educational partnerships. The Foundation is rated a 4-Star Platinum organization by Guide Star. Find us online at, and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.





Brittany Carroll

Marketing and Development Director






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