Scholarships, Mentors & Hope    

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Clinton Green, BA in Music

The University of Alabama/Birmingham

Clinton Green was awarded his Project STARS scholarship in 2001 when he graduated from Fernandina Beach High School where he had played drums in the school’s jazz band  He completed his AA at Florida Community College, Jacksonville, and after one semester at FAMU returned to play the organ at the Yulee FL church he had attended all his life.  He was recommended for a position at a Birmingham AL Christian ministry and moved there in 2004.  He became involved with the renowned University of Alabama/Birmingham Gospel Choir and enrolled in the College of Music.  While a student, he performed and traveled with the UAB Gospel Choir, playing keyboard.  His composition Dominion, was featured on the Choir’s CD Gospel 101: GO DOMINATE! He was awarded his BA in Music in December 2008.  Clinton is now the Minister of Music at New Life Interfaith Ministries which has two locations in Birmingham.   His responsibilities include finding and teaching new praise and worship music, conducting summer music camps, and caring for the Ministries’ musical instruments.  In July 2009, he traveled to Amsterdam with five others to hold a workshop on American Gospel Music.

Jessimine B. Gonzalez

University of Florida | Class of 2018

Ok....first thing is first for a proper alumni bio...Two Bits, Four Bits, Six Bits, a Dollar! All for the Gators, Stand up and Holler! Shout out to my fellow gator fans. I am a 3rd year Business Administration student at the University of Florida and it is all thanks to Take Stock.

My Take Stock in Children journey began as a small and shy 11 year old girl at Yulee Middle School

in Nassau County, Florida. I was matched with a wonderful mentor who acted as my role model, my friend, and my everything advocate until high school graduation. A decade later and there are still no words that can accurately express the imprint she has left in my life and will continue to have on me forever. With every reminder e-mail, emergency etiquette lesson, life advice, cooking lesson, well-intended yellow sticky note found in my backpack, and down to every little newspaper clipping she gave me that portrayed my interests for that given week, Ms. Givens inspired me to keep reaching higher.

My college experience has been so rewarding, I've had the pleasure of living with 23 roommates, taking part in the Gator Marching Band, going on random road trips, joining a sister fraternity, competing nationally through the business college, and volunteering in the local community. I graduate in the Spring of 2018. In an ironic, but yet humbling kind of way I am interning with Take Stock Nassau this fall and with Florida State Senator Aaron Bean. Next semester I will intern for the Department of State in Miami, Florida before finishing my degree.

Adrenia was enrolled in TSIC/Nassau in 1997.  She became a Project STARS recipient upon graduation in 2002 from West Nassau High School in Callahan FL where she was active in student government and sports. Raised by a single Mother who placed a high value on education, Adrenia, her older brother and younger sister were all encouraged to pursue post secondary educations. Adrenia chose the University of North Florida where her brother was a student.  She excelled in her studies and was involved in college life and her sorority.  While in college, she worked part-time with the Social Security Administration. Upon graduation, Adrenia worked in several different fields until she was employed full-time by Zurich Insurance Services in Jacksonville as a receptionist. She was recently promoted to the position of processing specialist and fields calls from Zurich’s many clients.

("TSIC meant to me a hassle free education. It amazes me how so few people do not go to college simply because they can not afford it. Because of TSIC I was blessed enough to not be one of these people.  I will never take for granted all those who donated and volunteered so that I might have a better education and a better life.")