Take Stock in Children Receives $3.5M Investment From Helios Education Foundation

Author: Helios Education Foundation

Posted on: January 5, 2017

Take Stock in Children announced today that it is the recipient of a $3.5M investment from Helios Education Foundation for a regional scaling pilot in Osceola and Orange Counties. The contribution will support Take Stock in Children’s proven model of success by allowing them to purchase more than 300 additional college scholarships and pilot an innovative regional model using data science analytics.

"We are so excited and honored to receive this investment from Helios Education Foundation," said Take Stock in Children President & CEO Jillian Hasner. “The investment will allow us to increase our impact and serve more students in Central Florida.”

Take Stock in Children was established in 1995 to provide a unique opportunity for deserving low-income, at-risk youth to escape the cycle of poverty through education. Take Stock in Children offers its students college scholarships, caring volunteer mentors and hope for a better life through comprehensive services that start in middle school, continue through high school and include their transition into college.

“Helios Education Foundation believes that education has the power to change lives and strengthen communities,” said President and CEO, Paul J. Luna. “We are proud to support an expansion of Take Stock in Children’s program in order to encourage more talented, low-income students to reach their full potential.”

About Take Stock in Children
Take Stock in Children, a Florida 501(c)3 non-profit organization has been providing volunteer mentors,  scholarships and hope to more than 26,000 of Florida's deserving at-risk, low-income students since 1995. Reporting an unparalleled 96% annual high school graduation rate and an 96% college enrollment rate, TSIC is Florida's flagship and most successful mentoring and scholarship program. In every Florida county, TSIC scholars in middle and high school pledge to meet regularly with their mentor, maintain academic standards, and remain drug and crime-free on the way to achieving a high school diploma. The reward for fulfilling these commitments is a scholarship to a Florida state college, university or vocational school. To donate, volunteer or learn more about Take Stock in Children, please call 888-322-4673 or visit

About Helios Education Foundation
Helios Education Foundation is dedicated to creating opportunities for individuals in Arizona and Florida to achieve a postsecondary education. Our work is driven by our four fundamental beliefs in Community, Equity, Investment and Partnership, and we invest in initiatives across the full education continuum.  

In Arizona, where Latino students comprise the largest percentage of the K-12 public school population, the Foundation is implementing its Arizona Latino Student Success initiative focused on preparing all students — especially students in high poverty, underserved Latino communities — for success. Through our Florida Regional Student Success Initiative, Helios is helping underserved, minority, first-generation students from the state’s large population centers in Miami, Orlando and Tampa achieve a postsecondary education.

Since 2006, the Foundation has invested over $185 million in education programs and initiatives in both states. To learn more about our efforts, visit us online at 

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