Courtesy photo Kaylee Mancillas' family watches on as Kaylee receives a hug from her Take Stock in Children mentor Gayle Knight.
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published: Friday, February 01, 2013
TSIC student wins Leaders 4 Life scholarship
Special to the News-Sun
WAUCHULA - Hardee Senior High School student Kaylee Mancillas was selected to receive a $40,000 scholarship through South Florida State College's Take Stock in Children's (TSIC) Leaders 4 Life Fellowship. She was one of five Florida students selected for the fellowship.
Mancillas was chosen because of her academic success and the responsibility she has shown as a TSIC student. She is first in her class at Hardee High School and is a dual enrollment student at SFSC. "I'm just shocked," Mancillas said. "I'm very grateful for the fellowship and for TSIC."
Mancillas will attend the University of Central Florida and plans to earn her bachelor's degree in elementary education and her master's degree in educational leadership. "I hope to return to Hardee County after I graduate and become a school teacher or a principal."
Mancillas is the first Leaders 4 Life winner in SFSC's TSIC program. "We've had many Leaders 4 Life finalists in the past, but she's our first winner," said Irene Castanon, TSIC coordinator. "The fellowship provides funds for housing, meals, computers, books, supplies and other college-related expenses in addition to internship opportunities. It compliments the college scholarship provided by Take Stock in Children."
The Leaders 4 Life Fellowship provides students with leadership training and development, as well as funding for college costs. The program enables students to excel in a university environment by giving them the resources that empower them to develop their full potential as "leaders for life." It was created in partnership with the Asofsky Family Foundation, a philanthropist group that provides financial resources, services, and support needed to ensure student success throughout college.
TSIC is a statewide program that provides at-risk children with a mentor and a college scholarship. In return, TSIC scholars sign contracts in which they promise to remain drug-free, to avoid behavior that would get them into trouble with law enforcement, to attend school regularly, and to earn satisfactory grades. The students' parents also sign the contracts and agree to provide home environments conducive to education and to participate in. To date, 246 students have graduated from SFSC's TSIC program.
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