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If you have questions about the Barnes Scholarship application process...
Please contact us at any time.
Nancy Waclawek, scholarship program administrator
Address: Tampa Bay Times Fund, 490 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Advice about colleges
You are encouraged to apply to 6 to 8 colleges. Two should be “dream schools” – schools you would love to attend, even if you are unsure about admission or affordability. Three or 4 should be “reach schools” – schools that represent an ambitious goal for you. Two should be “for-sure schools” – schools that you are reasonably certain will admit you.
The Barnes Scholarship is designed to help you afford your “dream” and “reach” schools, especially if money is the reason you are hesitant to apply. In the selection of semifinalists, preference will be given to students who are applying to schools outside of Florida.
Do you need help identifying the best school for you? Try these websites:
My College QuickStart™. This free college and career planning tool, offered through College Board, helps students prepare for their future. With My College QuickStart, students can view PSAT score details, review PSAT questions and answers, prepare for the SAT, take and in-depth personality test to learn more about themselves and their strengths and weaknesses, and explore colleges and majors.
www.ctcl.org (Colleges That Change Lives)
Other free scholarship websites:
www.pinellaseducation.org for Pinellas Education Foundation (FL)
www.educationfoundation.com for Hillsborough Education Foundation (FL)
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation offers three programs for high-performing students.
The Young Scholars program targets 7th graders in a selective, pre-college scholarship program to cultivate their talents and abilities through high school by providing academic advising, financial support and a pathway to the foundation’s $40,000 per year College Scholarship. Application deadline: April.
The College Scholars program targets 12th graders and provides up to $40,000 per year to attend a 4-year college or university. Application deadline: November.
The Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship targets students in the second year of community college who are planning to transfer to a 4-year institution to complete their bachelor’s degree. Application deadline: December.
Florida Bright Futures Scholarship
Your high school guidance counselor has information about this program as well as other scholarships.
About Financial Aid, Scholarships and Grants
The Michigan State University Library website has compiled a list of resources about where to find scholarships. These are books, so you will need to visit a local college library to use them (USF, Eckerd, University of Tampa, etc.). To see the MSU list of books, go to this site.
Another book that is updated annually with information about college scholarships is the Annual Register of Grant Support, which is published by Information Today, Inc. It is available at college campus libraries as well. The publisher describes this directory as an "exhaustive guide to more than 3,100 grant-giving organizations offering nonrepayable support ... Organized by 11 major subject areas -- with 61 specific subcategories -- Grant Support ... is the definitive resource for researching and uncovering a full range of available grant sources. Not only does it direct you to traditional corporate, private and public funding programs, it also shows you the way to little-known, nontraditional grant sources such as educational associations and unions."
To calculate how much financial aid you qualify for, use the Fafsa4Caster on the FAFSA site (www.fafsa.ed.gov). FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
NOTE: Starting this year, you may apply for FAFSA in October. Speak to your high school counselor for more details or visit the FAFSA site. Tax returns for 2015 will be used for FAFSA 2017-18. If you have questions about your family's reported income, speak to financial aid officers at the colleges/universities to which you are applying.
ALERT ABOUT FAFSA: Since March 3, 2017, the IRS data retrieval system has been down. That means you will need to have paper documents in order to complete your application. It may be weeks before the data retrieval system is fixed. This story from the New York Times (published 3/13/2017) offers some background. Contact your college's financial aid office for additional information and help.
Another source of information is www.finaid.org
The Affordable Colleges Foundation also provides a Financial Aid Guidebook that may be helpful in determining college costs and affordability. The foundation also ranks the most affordable colleges.
More advice about affording college is at MoneyGeek.com, the Guide to Graduating Debt-Free. Click here for that site.
I've been admitted ... How do I make sense of my financial aid package?
This site can help you understand about Paying for College.
To learn more about college costs and choosing the right college for you, visit this site hosted by the National Center for Education Statistics.