Take Stock in Children of Manatee County- from Mark Barnebey, Take Stock Manatee Board Chairman, announced the appointment of Anne Heller as Executive Director. “Anne has been a committed Take Stock supporter as both a mentor and Board member.  She brings extensive private sector management and marketing experience which will help us garner the support to benefit more students.”  said Barnebey. Anne has been serving as the Interim Director since October, 2019.


Take Stock in Children provides college scholarships, mentors and hope for deserving at-risk students to break the cycle of poverty and help them reach their greatest potential. Students and families agree to academic, service and behavior standards. Mentors commit to meet with students weekly at their school. Over our twenty year history, TSIC scholars have a 100% high school graduation rate and 92% go onto college. 


In December, we signed 38 new Take Stock Scholars chosen from nearly 200 Manatee applicants. Currently, we are serving 199 students in 6-12 grade; some 229 additional students are enrolled in post-secondary education. Anne stated “I enthusiastically welcome the challenge to grow our program for both our students and the future of Manatee County. With a 100% scholarship match for every dollar we raise through Florida’s Prepaid Tuition program, we have that future in our hands”.