Valencia Horizon Scholars - Take Stock in Children

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy


Valencia College1800 S Kirkman Rd MC 4-46Orlando, FL 32811 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Horizon Scholars Program works with members of the Central Florida community to increase college access and professional opportunities for low-income students in grades 9-12. By offering mentorship, advocacy services, networking events, and a college scholarship, the Horizon Scholars Program, in partnership with Take Stock in Children, endeavors to break the cycle of poverty for students and their families in Central Florida while giving students the chance to achieve their dreams and impact society in their own positive way. The Horizon Scholars program is currently serving nearly 500 students across 22 public high schools in Orange County.


Four Program Pillars
1. Scholarship: Students receive a 2-year Florida prepaid scholarship to help cover the cost of college tuition.

2. Mentorship: Mentors provide guidance, support, and motivation to their student throughout the academic year. Mentors have the option of meeting at the student's high school during school hours or on approved virtual platforms after school.

3. Leadership Development: The Horizon Scholars Program hosts a workshop series with the goal of empowering students and their families through networking and education. Workshop topics include financial literacy, conflict resolution, and resume writing.

4. Civic Engagement: Students complete a total of 100 community service hours by graduation by volunteering with local non-profit organizations, making a meaningful and lasting impact on the Central Florida community.


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