Dylan Long had an idea of why he was called to the Flagler Auditorium on Tuesday morning, December 7.
“They did a good job disguising it,” said the Flagler Palm Coast High School senior.
Long and his mother, Amy, were called onto the stage. She received a bouquet of flowers, he received a bundle of balloons as the Flagler County Education Foundation and the high school celebrated his selection as one of six Take Stock for Children’s Leaders For Life scholarship winners across the State.
The scholarship will provide Long with a scholarship of $ 40,000 over four years in addition to the full tuition paid scholarship that all Take Stock in Children students receive. The scholarship can provide accommodation, meal plans, computers, leadership training, and internship opportunities. Students also receive a semester abroad during their college studies.
Since the inception of the program, 63 Leaders For Life scholarships have been awarded. Long was the second Flagler County student to be named a finalist for the award, and the first in the county to win the scholarship.
“I am truly grateful to everyone who has helped me over the years. It will take a huge financial burden off my university.
“I’m really grateful to everyone who has helped me over the years,” Long said. “It will take a huge financial burden off my university. “
Long impressed the selection committee with his academic record. He ranks sixth in a class of 628 graduates with a cumulative grade point average of 5.25. He scored 1540 out of 1600 possible on his SAT.
Long also logged 631 hours of volunteer work and participated in 27 Kids’ Check-in events. He has met frequently over the past four years with his Take Stock in Children mentor, Peter Sutcliffe.
Take Stock in Children is a Florida nonprofit that provides one-on-one support to low-income students with a volunteer mentor, college success services, and the opportunity to earn a college scholarship.
“The Children’s Update program offers these children an incredible opportunity. It puts someone important in his life to give him a safe haven, ”said Joe Rizzo, executive director of the Flagler County Education Foundation.
The foundation raises funds for the program, which are matched by the state legislature.
“The Children’s Update program offers these children an incredible opportunity. It puts someone important in her life to give her a safe haven. “
JOE RIZZO, Executive Director of the Flagler County Education Foundation.
“Three years ago we started with 30 kids (in Flagler County). Today we have over 100 children, ”said Rizzo.
Long said he and his two sisters had been raised by a single mother since 2015, when his father left. Amy is a social worker who works for a non-profit organization and recently graduated with a Masters in Social Work.
“She’s a single mom who’s gone back to school and has a full-time job,” Long said.
Long projects to specialize in computer science. He and CVT teacher Kevin Saint recently started a club called Sustainable Flagler with the aim of helping PFC achieve the Green School designation.
Long said the University of Florida and UCF were his top Florida college choices. He also applied to Georgia Tech, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Carnegie Mellon University.
“The Peter & Sue Freytag Take Stock in Children program and the Flagler County Education Foundation are incredibly proud of Dylan and all of his accomplishments,” said Christy Butler, the foundation’s student services coordinator.