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Lake Minneola High student is 1 of 6 "Leaders 4 Life" fellowship winners in state

Asia Lavendar, a senior at Lake Minneola High School and a Take Stock in Children of Lake & Sumter Counties student, is one of six Leaders 4 Life (L4L) winners for the state of Florida. The L4L fellowship provides funds for housing, meal plans, computers, books, supplies, and all other college-related expenses, leadership training and internship opportunities.


L4L is a fellowship started by the Asofsky Family Foundation in cooperation with Take Stock in Children. The Asofsky Family Foundation started the L4L Fellowship because they believe that every child has the right to develop to their fullest potential regardless of socio-economic or family circumstances; and education is one of the most effective tools to create opportunities and break the cycle of poverty.


The L4L Fellowship breaks the cycle of financial insecurity through educational funding and support. L4L identifies exceptional, low-income high school students with high motivation, leadership skills, moral character, and academic success. Students selected for L4L Fellowship enter with a tuition scholarship from Take Stock in Children and L4L provides additional financial and support resources to enable Fellows to reach their full potential.


Take Stock in Children is a school-based scholarship and mentoring program, modeled specifically to identify and provide college tuition scholarships to students throughout the State of Florida who fit the financial and academic guidelines.  Students who are chosen to participate in the program are assigned a volunteer mentor and a college success coach to ensure success throughout high school.  Upon high school graduation, each program participant is awarded a college tuition scholarship.  Take Stock in Children of Lake and Sumter Counties is a program of the Educational Foundation of Lake County.


The Take Stock in Children program is represented in all 67 counties in the State of Florida.  The local program receives a dollar for dollar match through the Florida Prepaid Foundation for any funds received for scholarships.


For information on volunteer mentoring or becoming a donor for the organization, please call 352.787.6576 or visit