The Madison County Foundation for Excellence in Education, an affiliate of the Take Stock in Children (TSIC) was recently recognized with the coveted Program Excellence Award for successfully providing at-risk youth with caring mentors, college readiness curriculum and college scholarships.
The Madison County Take Stock in Children has successfully graduated 115 students from Madison County High School with TSIC scholarships since the partnership began in 1999. The graduation rate with the program is 98 percent with 75 percent of those students entering college. Others have entered vocational training and some are serving in the military. There have been over 100 volunteers throughout the years.
The Madison County program is currently serving 57 students. The award was received at the Take Stock in Children’s College and Career Readiness Summit in Orlando. Over 250 participants from statewide programs learned about the latest data on youth poverty, mentoring, college readiness skills and career pipelines.
“This award is a source of great pride to the Madison County Foundation for Excellence in Education’s TSIC Program and highlights our dedication to changing the lives of our students through this great partnership,” said TSIC Program Coordinator Jo Willis. “Our students are counting on us to make the difference in their lives to ensure they succeed academically and professionally.”
Betty Curtis, the student advocate recently retired and was honored for her 10 years of service. Willis was also honored for her 15 years of service to TSIC.