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The Don Pemberton Machen Florida Opportunity Scholarship

The Don Pemberton Machen Florida Opportunity Scholarship (MFOS) Legacy Scholarship was established in honor of the Lastinger Center’s founding director, Don Pemberton, Ph.D. Pemberton wore a number of hats throughout his career, including teacher, counselor and founder of two high-impact organizations: Take Stock in Children and the Lastinger Center. 

The $1,000 annual scholarship will be awarded to two exceptional students who have successfully completed the Take Stock in Children program, received the accompanying full tuition scholarship and been accepted to attend the University of Florida. The first recipients of the Don Pemberton MFOS Scholarship were announced during our 20th anniversary event in April 2022.