Orlando Magic Youth Fund, McCormick Foundation to Provide $50,000 in Scholarships

magic-youth-foundation-check-2015-groveLeft to right: Elisha Gonzalez, director of community affairs, and Robert Utsey, Take Stock in Children Advisory Council and senior vice president with Skanska

Valencia’s Take Stock in Children mentoring program received $50,000 to help disadvantaged and at-risk youth succeed in school and go on to college. Take Stock was one of 21 local charities that received grants totaling $1 million from the Orlando Magic Youth Fund, in a celebration held on February 5, 2015, at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

“We are proud to be one of the 21 organizations recognized for making a significant difference in our community,” said Elisha Gonzalez, director of community affairs.

Valencia administers Take Stock in Children—a statewide program—in the Orlando area in collaboration with Orange County Public Schools. Valencia’s Take Stock In Children program pairs community leader mentors with students starting in the 8th grade.

Students who maintain good grades, remain crime and drug free and meet with their mentors are awarded a 2+2 Florida Prepaid scholarship upon graduating from high school. Students can attend a two-year community college and state university of their choice.

Click here to learn about Take Stock in Children.

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