CHIPLEY — The Take Stock In Children program for Washington County held its Mentor Appreciation Dinner Tuesday, Nov. 12, and nine 8th-, 9th and 10th-graders were presented contracts, allowing them to take part in the two-year scholarship program.
The students signed contracts promising to keep up their grades and attendance. If they meet the requirements, when they graduate high school they will have a full two-year scholarship to Chipola College in Marianna.
"This isn't about you just getting two years of college," said Mary Helen Smith, Chipola's TSIC coordinator. "We are there to help you and we will make sure you get four years of college if you keep your grades up. There are scholarships and grants and the money is there for you."
State Representative Marti Coley of Marianna was on hand for the event, and Candice Croft of West Florida Electric presented TSIC with the "Power of One" award for the program's work with children.
Previously, the TSIC program offered a 2-year junior college and 2-year four-year university scholarship, but the program changed this year so that it offers a full scholarship for the two-year college.
Students presented with contracts Tuesday night included:
Maylin Brock, 8th grader from Vernon Middle School
Kallee Chamberlain, 9th grader from Chipley High School
Selena Davis, 10th grader from Chipley High School
James Colby, 9th grader from Chipley High School
Aleya Louderback, 8th grader from Roulhac Middle School
Jamar Massaline, 8th grader from Vernon Middle School
Darrius Peterson, 10th grader from Vernon High School
Ina Robinson, 9th grader from Chipley High School
Dalton Webb, 8th grader from Vernon Middle School.
To date, TSIC has had nine college graduates, 51 students attending college or vocational training, 29 students in high school and they added nine more students on Tuesday. Total scholarships value more than $900,000.