Edwards Named Outstanding Senior at Take Stock Summit
Mr. Preston Edward Fisher has participated in the Take Stock in Children program since 2016 and was recently recognized at the 2019 Take Stock in Children Leadership Summit at the Tallahassee Capitol to receive recognition for Outstanding Senior of the Year. He was awarded a brand-new laptop to assist him in college.
Take Stock in Children is a non-profit organization that aims to provide low-income students with scholarships to allow them to pursue a higher education, as well as pair students with mentors in order to help them through high school graduation and into a successful career.
When asked what impact his mentor had Fisher said, “My mentor Suzanne Zimmerman has done her best to meet with me at school once a week for the last few years. Though sometimes I know she must get frustrated with me when I far too often forget about our meetings, she has never failed to consistently show me that she really does care about me and wants me to succeed. This has impacted to some level my motivation to do well in school and stay on track.”
Fisher said the most valuable thing he learned from his mentor was “something a little off the books from the TSIC lesson plans. The most valuable thing my mentor has taught me is that despite what is going on in life or how old you get, to always see the bright side in things and truly enjoy life for what it is.”
After graduating from Franklin County High School as well as Gulf Coast State College with an Associates degree this year, Fisher plans to move to Tallahassee to obtain a business degree and to eventually get a J.D. in order to practice law. Fisher also “has an interest in politics, potentially one day wanting to run for office to make changes for the better in my community.”
When asked what one thing he would like to tell other TSIC scholars Fisher said “The biggest piece of advice I have to give to the others in this amazing program, is that it is worth it. Though at first, it may seem uncomfortable to meet with a stranger once a week and to do all the necessary things to qualify for the program, the things you learn throughout this program significantly outweigh the negatives.”
Mentoring is a huge component of the Take Stock in Children program. We currently have several students who have not yet been paired with a mentor. A mentor is a caring, compassionate adult who chooses to devote their time to a young person; offering them support, guidance, and encouragement. If you can donate one hour per week, you can change a life by helping a child build a solid foundation of values, establish goals, improve their academic and life skills, while developing their self-esteem and confidence. If you or someone you know is interested in this opportunity, please visit www.takestockinchildren.org and reach out to Simona Nichols, Mentor Coordinator for Franklin County at 602-552-2686.
The scholarship will be accepting new students into the program (Grades 7 and 8), starting March 11, 2019, through April 5, 2019. To apply, pick up an application at the Franklin County School administrative office during this timeframe.