A $60,000 donation from Dr. Mark DiSclafani, in honor of his father Dr. Peter DiSclafani, will help six Manatee County students go to college through Take Stock in Children of Manatee County.
Mark DiSclafani was introduced to Take Stock when he sought advice on his father’s estate from Morgan Stanley in Bradenton, according to officials. The elder DiSclafani was an advocate for education and children.
In July, Take Stock in Children of Manatee County received a $60,000 donation from DiScalafani, which will help six students in the organization. Take Stock is a program that serves low-income at-risk students by providing a mentor and, after successful completion of the program, a college scholarship.
“These children have the academic ability to go to college but will not get there without a full tuition scholarship and a volunteer mentor to meet with them each week they are in school,” Diana Dill, Take Stock's Executive Director, said in a statement.
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The organization is already serving about 35 students this year and has made it a goal to serve 100 students each year. Each student costs about $10,000, which is matched by the Florida Prepaid Foundation and brings the total college scholarship to $20,000 per student.
Mentor applications are available on the Take Stock website, www.takestockmanatee.org/Mentors. Dill and her team are available to answer any questions about the mentor application process and can be reached at 941-751-6550.