In addition to providing jobs and employment training, Goodwill Industries of North Florida supports individuals who are ready to take the next step on the economic ladder by earning a college degree and/or certification. We support postsecondary education opportunities through programs designed for high school graduates as well as their parents and others who are motivated to seek and obtain higher-paying jobs.


The A-STEP program aims to provide working adults in North Florida access to higher education in order to elevate earning potentials and job security. The key to the A-STEP program is the implementation of a successful blend of aptitude and career assessments, one-on-one support with the college enrollment and entrance exams, intensive case management, personalized financial aid advisement, ongoing academic support, and gap funding to put adults on the path to success and long-term sustainability.

A-STEP Eligibility Requirements:

Live at or below national poverty guidelines

24 years and above (under 24 will be considered on an individual basis)

High School diploma or GED

US citizen/legal resident

Florida resident of 12 months

Must be able to commit to the duration of the educational program once enrolled

No Student Loan or Child Support payments in default


Take Stock in Children (TSIC) was established in 1995 as a nonprofit organization that provides a unique opportunity for low income students to break the cycle of poverty through successful education. We offer our students college scholarships, volunteer mentors, in-school support and hope for a better life. Our comprehensive services start in middle school, continue through high school and include the students’ transition into college. In 2014 Goodwill became the lead agency for the Take Stock in Children program in Duval County. Goodwill’s support of the program is an investment in the city’s future. To learn more about the program and how to enroll a student or become a mentor please visit the Take Stock In Children website.

Adam R Thayer

The Adam R Thayer Scholarship

We are proud to announce our new scholarship the Adam R. Thayer Scholarship. Set up in remembrance of Adam Thayer the scholarship is designed to assist students who wish to pursue an degree in the information and technology field.

To be eligible the student must be a current Goodwill employee or a graduating high school senior who intends to continue their education in information technology. The deadline is for applications is June 01, 2021. Consideration will be given to academic achievement, financial need and the student’s community service record. To find out more information and apply click here: