Take Stock in Children


TSICLogoAs a continued effort in community outreach, the Panhandle Job Fair Foundation proudly sponsors Take Stock in Children; a public-private partnership of state government, businesses, school systems, social service agencies, civic and religious organizations, and private citizens making a measurable difference in the lives of low-income children. The comprehensive program helps children succeed by providing college and vocational scholarships, volunteer mentors, student advocates/case managers, tutoring, early intervention and long-term support. Each scholarship provided assists children from the 6th grade through college. For more information, please visit the Take Stock in Children website at Take Stock in Children.

Panhandle Job Fair Foundation Student Scholar Update – December 2019

We are very pleased to provide an update on the Panhandle Job Fair Foundation’s support of Take Stock in Children. The students below have been provided full (four year college tuition) scholarships through the mission of the Panhandle Job Fair Foundation. These students are representative of the north, central and south geographic areas of Okaloosa County.

Adam Crowson, University of Florida (Baker School graduate)

Adam is pursuing the pre-medicine program at the University of Florida. His plan is to pursue acceptance into medical school at UF, and he continues to research and consider a variety of medical specialties as a future physician.   He is involved in student ministries and leads in worship music at the Baptist Student Union on campus.

Zachary Frame, University of Central FL (Choctawhatchee High graduate)

In 2015, Zachary started at UCF where he is majoring in biology. His future plans include a master’s degree in biology and possibly working in research or as a field biologist for FL Fish and Wildlife.

Sarah West, Collegiate High School of NWF State College

Sarah earned an AA degree from NWF State College in 2015, along with her high school diploma. Sarah plans to pursue a Bachelor’s in Nursing from University of West FL.

Hannah Lindsay, Baker School

Hannah Lindsay graduated from Baker School in June 2015. She was dually enrolled at NWF State College and had already earned 30 college credits upon her high school graduation. Hannah plans to attend Florida State University and will major in Hospitality Management. Her future plans include owning a wedding planning business and becoming a published author.

Alyssa Matthews, Crestview High School

Alyssa is currently enrolled at CHS where she is taking AP/Honors academic classes, as well as two Honors Chorus classes. She is also in the Culinary program. Her future plans include the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in music education from Florida State University and a career in choral music.

Aaron Jagielski, Crestview High School – Graduate 2018

Aaron will attend NWF State College in Fall 2018 for his AA degree, and plans to attend Southeastern University in Lakeland for his Bachelor’s in the School of Ministry.

Chance Conner, Fort Walton Beach High School – Graduate 2019

Chance is attending University of Central Florida and hoping to pursue a degree in Biomedical Engineering. He is proposing independent research there and hoping to get a grant to work on his own patent design.

Jaynie Darby, Collegiate High School at NWFSC – Grade 12

Jaynie attends Collegiate High School, where she will have the opportunity to earn her AA degree upon completion and graduation from high school in 2020.  Jaynie is also in the NWFSC Choir.

Brody McGregory, Niceville High School – Grade 12

Brody is senior at Niceville High School.  He is in Honors classes and the Digital Design / IT program.

Evan Nguyen, Niceville High School – Grade 11

Evan is a junior at Niceville High School.  He is in AP and Honors classes, and is a member of the Band.

Noelle Brock, Fort Walton Beach High School – Grade 10

Noelle, who goes by Ellie, is taking an honors track courses, and is especially involved in the FWBHS Theatre program.

Alana Arnould, Choctawhatchee High School

Alana is a freshman at Choctawhatchee High School. She is currently enrolled in the pre-IB program and enjoys her art classes.

Grace Michelli

Grace attends NWFSC Collegiate High School where she will earn her AA along with her high school diploma. Due to her high school credits at this time, she has skipped the 9th grade and is considered a Sophomore. She was the only student at STEMM Academy to receive the Take Stock scholarship.