More Students Take Stock for Sake of College Education

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Ten more Clay County students have signed contracts to stay drug-and crime-free, exhibit good behavior in and out of school and maintain a 2.0 grade point average through their junior year and a 2.5 grade point average thereafter. All in exchange for a college education.

The Take Stock in Children program, created by Barnett Bank and brought to Clay County by Communities in Schools of Jacksonville, tags deserving youngsters from low-income families for four-year tuition scholarships provided through the Florida Pre-Paid College Foundation. The scholarship pays tuition only, two years at a community college and two years at a state-supported university.

Maria Miglioretti, Take Stock in Children program coordinator for Duval and Clay counties, said 40 scholarships have been awarded to Clay County students in the three years since the program was implemented. She said the first class of Take Stock scholars will graduate in 2001.

This year's recipients signed their contracts at a program held Thursday at Green Cove Springs Junior High School. …