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Five North students earn full-tuition scholarships

May 17, 2018
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

Students at North Fort Myers High School continue to rack up the accolades.

Last week, the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools recognized 33 high school seniors graduating from its Take Stock in Children Program, five of whom were Red Knights.

Angela Amaro, Timothy Brett, Isabella Montoya-Bedoya, Avie Montoya-Bedoya and Alice Rolston successfully completed the program. The graduates will receive a four-year, college tuition scholarship with a total value of approximately $560,000 for all the graduates.

"The kids are fantastic, really high-flyers as far as academics and other things," Principal Debbie Diggs said. It's an amazing program."

The graduates were celebrated at a luncheon at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, which served as an opportunity for parents, mentors, and members of the business community to recognize the students for having met the requirements of the four-year program.

The School District of Lee County Superintendent, Dr. Greg Adkins and Foundation President and CEO, Marshall Bower delivered encouraging words to the graduates as did keynote speaker Larry Hart from the Lee County Tax Collector.

"These outstanding students all maintained high GPAs and fulfilled their promise to be good citizens of our community," Bower said. "Equipped with a college education they will become out next leaders and decision makers."

Take Stock in Children was established in 1995 as a statewide scholarship program that provides a unique opportunity for deserving, low-income, possibly at-risk youth to escape the cycle of poverty through education.

Lee County students enter the program in sixth or ninth grade and are required to sign a contract and meet specific expectations, such as remaining drug and crime free, maintaining at least a 2.5 GPA and staying in school.

Students are provided with volunteer mentors who remain 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.

"What's really nice is that if they go out of state, they will take the in-state tuition and apply that amount, since out-of-state tuition is more expensive," Diggs said.



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