Fifty-seven high school seniors from the Tampa Bay area have been selected as semifinalists for the 2013 Barnes Scholarships, a program offered through the Tampa Bay Times Fund.
A total of 318 students in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties applied.
A Barnes Scholarship is worth up to $60,000 over four years of study at an accredited U.S. college or university.
Each year, four winners are selected. This year, the Tampa Bay Times Fund will provide $96,000 in financial aid to college students just through the Barnes Scholarship program.
Established by the Tampa Bay Times Fund in 1999, the scholarships are named for Andrew Barnes, retired chairman and chief executive officer of the Times.
The Barnes Scholarships target high school seniors who have achieved academically while having overcome significant obstacles in their lives.
The semifinalists — 23 boys and 34 girls — are completing the second portion of the application, due by mid December. They must answer essay questions and provide family financial information, high school transcripts, standardized test scores and letters of recommendation. Ten finalists will be selected and interviewed in late January by a panel of Times employees. The winners will be announced in February.
Since the scholarship program began, 32 Barnes Scholars have graduated from college and are pursuing a variety of careers, from architecture to medicine. Sixteen students continue as undergraduates, enrolled at Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, Duke, Emory University, Northwestern University, the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, Bowdoin College, Scripps College, the University of Florida and Florida State University.
The Tampa Bay Times Fund is the not-for-profit philanthropic arm of Times Publishing Co. The fund has provided scholarships for college students since 1953.
The name of the organization was changed to the Tampa Bay Times Fund in February to reflect the Jan. 1, 2012, change in the newspaper's name.
For more information about the Barnes Scholarship program or the Tampa Bay Times Fund, contact Nancy Waclawek, director, at (727) 893-8780 or Waclawek@tampabay.com.
The fund's website is tampa bay.com/fund. Information about the Barnes Scholarships can be found at tampabay.com/scholarships.