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Voting In Brookline: Polls Open | Brookline, MA Patch - Brookline, MA Patch Voting In Brookline: Polls Open | Brookline, MA Patch - Brookline, MA Patch Posted: 03 Nov 2020 12:00 AM PST BROOKLINE, MA —It's Election Day in Brookline, Tuesday, Nov. 3. It's also the final day of voting after weeks of early voting and mail in voting for the 2020 general election. In addition to the presidential and congressional races, there are several key races at the state and local level, as well as five ballot questions. Voting was different this year thanks to rules approved to expand early and mail-in voting in light of the coronavirus pandemic. If you haven't voted already, we've got you. First: head to the Secretary of State's website to check your voter status and find your polling place . Voting on Election Day Polls in Massachusetts are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. You can also use the Secretary of State's w

Expanding college scholarship plan good for all of us | Column - Tampa Bay Times

Heaven Taylor-Wynn was only in middle school when she received a Project STARS college scholarship and a lifelong mentor, two significant gifts from the Florida Prepaid College Foundation and Take Stock in Children that helped change the trajectory of her future. Today the University of Florida graduate works at St. Petersburg’s Poynter Institute for Media Studies (which owns the Tampa Bay Times), where she leads the social media strategy and ambassador program for MediaWise, a media literacy project.

John D. Rood, chairman of the Florida Prepaid College Foundation. He lives in Jacksonville.
John D. Rood, chairman of the Florida Prepaid College Foundation. He lives in Jacksonville. [ | Florida Prepaid College Foundation ]

Heaven is one of more than 29,000 students who have attended college thanks to scholarships from the Florida Prepaid College Foundation, founded more than 30 years ago to make college possible for students who might not otherwise afford it. Her academic and personal success is a testament to the importance of the foundation’s work with partner organizations.

Amid so many of today’s challenges, we are steadfast in our mission of partnering with businesses, organizations and private donors to open these doors to a postsecondary education for students. Simply put: We are calling on individuals and organizations who have the capacity to give, to do so.

The Florida Prepaid College Foundation, a not-for-profit division of the Florida Prepaid College Board, allows organizations to purchase tax-deductible Florida Prepaid College Plan scholarships and leverage foundation funds and funds provided by the state of Florida for a dollar-for-dollar scholarship match. This allows donor and partner organizations to have a bigger impact within their community and to, ultimately, serve more students.

Now more than ever, businesses and organizations, as well as private donors, have a chance to step into the gap and meet the needs of bright, young students who cannot afford to pursue higher education on their own.

For example, the Florida Prepaid College Foundation and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation recently sealed a partnership worth nearly $100,000 to equally fund 4-Year Florida University Plan need-based scholarships for four students in the freshman class at Nova Southeastern University. There are also scholarship programs that allow organizations to impact the lives of children while they are still in middle school or even elementary school.

Every scholarship awarded is a life impacted, a door opened, an opportunity given that might not have otherwise happened. By making these kinds of investments now, even in this challenging year, not only can we give bright students the opportunities they deserve, we can also strengthen our state and our communities for generations.

Visit to find out how you can make a difference helping students reach their fullest potential through higher education.

John D. Rood is chairman of the Florida Prepaid College Foundation and a resident of Jacksonville.


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