JACKSONVILLE, FL. – The Florida Prepaid College Foundation this month announced that 49 students in Duval County were awarded 2-Year Florida College Plan Scholarships through the Path to Prosperity Scholarship Program. This was made possible through combined donations from 8 organizations and matched funds from the Florida Prepaid College Foundation totaling more than $242,000.
The Path to Prosperity Scholarship Program is a partnership with the Florida Chamber Foundation and participating donors to provide Florida Prepaid College Plan Scholarships to children living in Florida’s most economically disadvantaged areas.
“Donations from the Florida Blue Foundation, The PARC Group, Availity, Community Foundation of NEFL – Rachel Aides Scholarships, Timucuan Asset Management, The Schuppert Family, Baptist Health – “Tipping the Scale” and the Datillo Family Foundation provided funds to support the path to higher education for these students, and the Florida Prepaid College Foundation matched their contributions to double the impact of their efforts,” said Foundation Director Cynthia O’Connell.
Right now, 829,342 Florida children are living in poverty. Half of these children are concentrated in just 15 percent of Florida’s zip codes – resulting in extremely impoverished communities where children face a much greater likelihood of academic challenges, health risks and other obstacles. The scholarships aim to give high school students in these areas the opportunity for a more prosperous future through postsecondary education.
“These scholarships are such an important investment in our community, where we have more than 30,000 students living in poverty,” said Florida Prepaid College Foundation Chairman John Rood, a Jacksonville resident. “The gift of college will open doors for our Duval scholarship recipients, and we are grateful to our donors for making the opportunity possible.”
“As a mission-driven company focused on helping people and communities achieve better health, we believe everyone deserves to have an equal opportunity to achieve their full potential,” said Susan Towler, executive director of the Florida Blue Foundation. “By providing students living in these zip codes access to a quality postsecondary education, we hope to help them pave the way to a healthier future while also helping to strengthen the communities we serve.”
Recent recipients of the 2-Year Florida College Plan Scholarships through the Path to Prosperity Scholarship Program in Duval County reside in zip codes 32205, 32206, 32208, 32209, 32210, 32218, 32244, and 32246 and many have been mentored through the Take Stock in Children initiative.
Learn more about the Path to Prosperity Scholarship Program and the Florida Prepaid College Foundation at www.pathtoprosperityscholarship.com.