Johnson Take Stock Program

What is the Johnson Take Stock Program?
The Johnson Take Stock Program is a college readiness program for first-generation college students who qualify for Federal Free and Reduced Priced Meal Benefits through the National School Lunch Program. The students participate in a cohort throughout four years of high school with the possibility to receive a two-year Florida College Prepaid scholarship if they follow through on the program requirements. The program is funded by the Johnson Scholarship Foundation and works in partnership with Take Stock in Children Palm Beach to provide services to students in 27 high schools. There are ten Johnson Take Stock High Schools that host afterschool college readiness clubs at the school site to reinforce the skills essential to student readiness to enter and engage in college or career training with success.

The ten Johnson Take Stock Club High Schools are:

How can I apply?
In the ten club schools, recruitment is done in the feeder middle schools in the spring before the students’ freshman year. Students submit a Take Stock in Children scholarship application with required documentation. If the application qualifies, the students are invited to interview with Take Stock in Children.

Students not in club schools communicate directly with Take Stock in Children Palm Beach about recruitment details.

What is my commitment?
Students who are selected for the Johnson Take Stock Program must be prepared to meet the following commitments:

  • Maintain a minimum 2.3 Grade Point Average
  • Receive no D’s or F’s on report cards
  • Remain Drug- and Crime-Free
  • Meet consistently with assigned community mentors
  • Meet monthly with a college readiness coach
  • Attend all the Johnson Take Stock club meetings held at the school
  • Attend two college readiness workshops each year

What do I receive from the program?
Students selected to participate in the program will receive:

  • Assistance with making and maintaining a College Readiness Portfolio;
  • Step-by-step assistance in planning for and applying to college;
  • An opportunity for trips to visit local and state colleges with the Johnson Take Stock Cohorts;
  • Assistance in making a postsecondary success plan and guidance to follow it;
  • The opportunity to meet friends with similar academic goals for success;
  • Payments for SAT, ACT and college application fees once all fee waivers have been expended;
  • A two-year Florida Prepaid scholarship if the student continues to complete the requirements.

For more information contact the Johnson Take Stock District Team:
Wanda Kirby, Specialist
(561) 982-0913

Gbolade George, Resource Teacher
[email protected]

The School District of Palm Beach County