Forty-six high school seniors have been named semifinalists for the 2007 Barnes Scholarships. A total of 265 students from public and private schools in Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties applied.
A Barnes Scholarship, sponsored by the St. Petersburg Times Fund Inc., is worth as much as $60,000 over four years at an accredited U.S. college or university. Each year, four winners are selected. This year, the fund will provide $222,000 in financial aid to college students through the Barnes Scholarships.
The scholarships were established by the fund in 1999 and renamed in 2004 in honor of Andrew Barnes, retired chairman and CEO of the St. Petersburg Times. They target college-bound teens who have overcome significant obstacles in their lives while remaining committed to academic achievement and community involvement.
The 16 young men and 30 young women who are 2007 semifinalists now must complete the second portion of the application, answering essay questions and supplying financial information, a high school transcript and letters of recommendation from school counselors and other adults.
The information will be reviewed in early January and 10 finalists will be selected. They will be interviewed in St. Petersburg in late January. Four winners will be announced in February.
Since 2000, 12 Barnes scholars have graduated from college. Sixteen are still enrolled at such universities as Duke, Cornell, Princeton, Georgetown, Northwestern, Columbia, Ohio State, the University of Florida, the University of South Florida, Eckerd College, University of Tampa, American University, Franciscan University and the University of Rochester.
The St. Petersburg Times Fund, the not-for-profit philanthropic arm of the Times Publishing Co., has provided scholarships for college students since 1953.
For information about the Barnes Scholarship program, contact Nancy Waclawek, director of the St. Petersburg Times Fund Inc., at (727) 893-8780. The Web address is www.sptimes.com/scholarships.
2007 Barnes Scholarship semifinalists
Samantha Fogg, Citrus High School
Jennifer Lynn Griffith-Delgado, Lecanto High School
Vivian Lee, Central High School
Brianna Martinez, Central High School
Steven White, Central High School
Jaclyn Maass, Springstead High School
Audriana Drayton, Hernando High School
Miranda Peloquin, Nature Coast Technical High School
Ashley Coogle, Seven Rivers Christian School
Mark Adams, Armwood High School
Steven Angotti, Armwood High School
Christopher Hanks, Armwood High School
Juan Caballero, King High School
Amanda Garcia, King High School
Abigail Martin, East Bay High School
Emily Watt, Middleton High School
Hanns Frimpong, Hillsborough High School
Kawanda Foster, Hillsborough High School
Sherline Marcellus, Hillsborough High School
Andrew Perlmutter, Hillsborough High School
Eugenio Torrens, Hillsborough High School
Cassie Chesley, Newsome High School
Ashley Collins, Leto High School
Vincent Lally, Wharton High School
Lillian Artyamsoal, Plant City High School
Alexandra Wayson, Riverview High School
Ellis Akins, Robinson High School
Matthew Jackson, Robinson High School
Mirna Pehar, Robinson High School
Nevena Pehar, Robinson High School
Zachary Taylor, Tampa Bay Technical High School
LaKeisha Simms, Jefferson High School
Elizabeth Lineal, Gaither High School
Leandra Argyros, Land O'Lakes High School
Lea Bjelland, Land O'Lakes High School
David Salazar, Ridgewood High School
Allan Trevino Jr., Boca Ciega High School
Alexandria Sweetser, Calvary Christian High School
Ashlyn Wedde, East Lake High School
Naomi Maki, Palm Harbor University High School
Damir Turina, Palm Harbor University High School
Elysse Arnold, Pinellas Park High School
Hayley Germack, St. Petersburg High School
Katalina Millan, St. Petersburg High School
Michael Wolcott, St. Petersburg High School
Han Zhu, St. Petersburg High School