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Students from Pinellas, Hillsborough win Barnes Scholarships

Two students from Pinellas County and two from Hillsborough County have been selected as winners of the 2011 Barnes Scholarships, the St. Petersburg Times Fund has announced.

They are Tuba Sahiti of Northeast High School, Fedner Lauture of St. Petersburg High School, Kelsey McDonald of Alonso High School and Roberto Villalba of Gaither High School.

The four are eligible to receive up to $15,000 per year for four years at an accredited U.S. college or university. This year, the St. Petersburg Times Fund will provide nearly $131,000 in financial aid through the Barnes Scholarships.

Established in 1999 by the St. Petersburg Times Fund, the scholarships are named after Andrew Barnes, retired chairman and CEO of the St. Petersburg Times. The Barnes Scholarships target college-bound high school seniors who have overcome significant obstacles in their lives while remaining committed to academic achievement and community service.

The 2011 Barnes Scholarship winners were selected from among 10 finalists interviewed at the St. Petersburg Times offices in January. A total of 367 students from public and private high schools in Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough and Manatee counties had applied.

The six runnersup for the 2011 Barnes Scholarships each will receive a one-time $1,000 award. They are R.J. Anderson of Ridgewood High School in Pasco County, Fatima Kamara of Freedom High School in Hillsborough County, Colleen Pulawski of Springstead High School in Hernando County, Andre Revell of St. Petersburg High School in Pinellas County, Bradley Sykes of H.B. Plant High School in Hillsborough County and Benjamin Willis of Plant City High School in Hillsborough County.

The winners and finalists will be honored at a luncheon on April 19 at the Marriott Resort in St. Petersburg. The guest speaker will be Monica Ospina Cammarata, a 2002 Barnes scholar and a 2005 graduate of the University of Tampa.

The St. Petersburg Times Fund is the not-for-profit philanthropic arm of the St. Petersburg Times. For more information, visit

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