Become a Horizon Scholar - Take Stock Student

The Valencia Horizon Scholars – Take Stock in Children Program is a scholarship, mentorship, and college readiness program designed to help Orange County students in grades 9-12 achieve their dreams and impact their community in their own positive way. 
By participating in the Horizon Scholars - Take Stock in Children Program, students engage in comprehensive multi-year programming, including hands-on learning opportunities to help lay the foundation for their future, making higher education possible.

Deadline to apply is March 3, 2023!

Students Receive:

  • A two-year Florida Prepaid Scholarship to use at any public institution in the state of Florida. *Awarded upon successful program completion and graduation from a public high school in the state of Florida. 
  • A volunteer mentor from the community who they will meet with a minimum of 15 times per year.
  • College and life-skills readiness workshops to support personal and professional growth.
  • Support with community service hour completion. 
  • A College Success Coordinator from our team who meets with students a minimum of once per quarter. 
  • Academic support to maintain the required 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Accountability support to help ensure they maintain an academic record that does not include excessive absences or behavioral issues.

Student Eligibility:

  • Meet the income requirements as outlined below.
  • Have at least a 2.5 overall GPA.
  • Complete an application and if selected, participate in an interview (parent/guardian is expected to attend as well).
  • Have a desire to attend college or a technical school after high school.

Income Requirements:


Annual Monthly Weekly
1 $25,142 $2,096 $484
2 $33,874 $2,823 $652
3 $42,606 $3,551 $820
4 $51,338 $4,279 $988
5 $60,070 $5,006 $1,156
6 $68,802 $5,734 $1,324
7 $77,534 $6,462 $1,492
8 $86,266 $7,189 $1,659
Each additional family member add: $8,732 $728 $168

*Reminder: Total income before taxes, social security, health benefits, union dues, or other deductions must be reported.



Apply Online
: The Horizon Scholars - Take Stock in Children Application is available online for current eligible 8th & 9th grade students in Orange County, Florida.

Deadline to Apply: March 3, 2023 - Applications should include the following:

  • Student statement
  • Parent statement
  • Supplemental Application
  • Family tax information with student listed

What to Expect After You Apply:

  • Application will be reviewed and students will be invited to interview.
  • Students will be informed of the program decision shortly after their interview. 
  • Selected students will participate in an induction ceremony or contract signing to officially join the Horizon Scholars - Take Stock in Children Program. 


Horizon Scholars - Take Stock in Children

For more information about becoming a Horizon Scholar - Take Stock Student, please contact  contact us at 407-582-3008, or email us at