Organization to use funds to help local students attend college
Land O’Lakes, Fla. -- Today, Wal-Mart presented a $20,000 check to Pasco County Take Stock in Children. The donation, which will be used to help seven Pasco County students attend college, was given during a ceremony at the Land O’Lakes store, located at 21703 Village Lakes Shp/Ctr. The ceremony was attended by Florida Representative Will Weatherford and Chip Wichmanowski, executive director of Take Stock in Children.
“We are very appreciative of Wal-Mart’s donation and excited to be able to provide seven more scholarships to low-income students who may not have had the opportunity to attend college,” said Wichmanowski. “We believe that investing early in a child’s education is one of the keys to a successful future.”
The Take Stock in Children program provides an opportunity for students to make an early commitment for post secondary education. The organization has a proven record of helping low-income children stay out of trouble, graduate from high school, attend college, and become productive citizens.
“Support from local businesses, like Wal-Mart, can make a big difference in the lives of our youth,” continued Wichmanowski. “By granting a scholarship to students as early as in sixth grade, we can set the path for their future success and make sure they stay on track to complete high school and achieve their goals.”