Helios Education Foundation Announces Partnership with Take Stock in Children to Provide Scholarships for Thousands of Low-Income Students

Posted on: March 25, 2008

TAMPA, FL – Helios Education Foundation announces a unique partnership with Take Stock in Children that will provide more than 2,100 low-income children with fully paid tuition scholarships, mentors, and hope. At the 2008 Rally in Tally in Tallahassee, Florida on March 25, Foundation Chairman Vince Roig announced a $1 million gift to Take Stock.

More than 1,200 students, teachers and mentors from around the state attended the event on the steps of the old Florida Capitol building. Governor Charlie Crist, Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith, AutoNation President and COO Michael Maroone, Outback Steakhouse President, Paul Avery and other supporters were in attendance.

"Helios Education Foundation is focused on creating opportunities in education that lead to postsecondary success for deserving students," said the foundation's Chairman Vince Roig. "We're excited to announce our partnership and gift of $1 million to Take Stock in Children toward scholarships, additional mentors and tutors for more than 2,100 students in Florida. We believe education changes lives, and we support middle school students and their commitment to achieve, promise to learn and plan to succeed all the way through college."

Governor Charlie Crist emphasized the importance of each child graduating from high school and attending college. He also presented Take Stock in Children’s highest honor, The Champion of Children Award, to Helios Education Foundation Chairman, Vince Roig in appreciation of his leadership.

“Take Stock in Children is grateful for the contribution made by Helios Education Foundation. Their partnership will provide thousands of deserving children with an opportunity to attend college and the benefit of a mentor throughout their middle and high school careers,” said Mike Weinstein, President of Take Stock in Children.


Middle school students and mentors from around the state are expected to attend this year's Rally in Tally:

Alachua, 18 attending Baker/Columbia/Dixie/Gilchrist/Union, 243 attending
Bradford, 110 attending Madison, 82 attending
Brevard, 12 attending Manatee, 30 attending
Calhoun, 7 attending Monroe, 7 attending
Clay, 45 attending Okaloosa, 110 attending
Nassau, 56 attending Pasco, 67 attending
Citrus/Levy, 56 attending Polk, 45 attending
Duval, 120 attending Santa Rosa, 70 attending
Escambia, 7 attending Sarasota, 30 attending
Hillsborough, 24 attending Seminole, 50 attending
Franklin, 41 attending Volusia, 48 attending
Leon/Gadsden/Wakula, 35 attending Walton, 38 attending
Marion, 58 attending Washington, 50 attending

ABOUT THE HELIOS EDUCATION FOUNDATION – Helios Education Foundation is the largest nonprofit organization serving Arizona and Florida focused solely on education, and is dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals by creating opportunities for success in postsecondary education. The Foundation’s community investments are made across three impact areas: Early Childhood Education, the Transition Years (grades 5-12) and Postsecondary Scholarships. Since inception in 2004, the Foundation has invested over $43 million in education-related programs and initiatives across both states. For more information, visit the Foundation online at

ABOUT TAKE STOCK IN CHILDREN - Founded in 1995 in response to the need for a scholarship program that provided more than just financial assistance to recipients, Take Stock in Children is an award-winning program that provides scholarships, mentors, and hope for a better future to Florida’s most deserving children. A public-private partnership, this school-based mentoring organization has positively affected the lives of more than 13,500 children. Scholarships are purchased through the Florida Prepaid College Foundation, which provides matching funds to double the impact of scholarship donations to Take Stock in Children. Take Stock in Children is the only statewide scholarship program in Florida to provide trained, dedicated mentors representing every segment of society who mentor their students weekly from middle school through high school graduation. To learn more, visit

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