Of nearly 200 applicants, 25 high school seniors from across the Tampa Bay area have been named semifinalists for the 2015 Barnes Scholarship, sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times Fund.
As many as four winners will receive up to $60,000 to pay for four years of education at an accredited U.S. college or university.
This year's pool of semifinalists spans 19 high schools in Pasco, Hernando, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. The semifinalists — 13 boys and 12 girls — will be narrowed to a smaller group of finalists in January. Winners will be announced in February or March. Former Barnes recipient Dr. Kuon Lo, a Lakewood High School graduate, will address recipients and finalists at an April luncheon.
Established in 1999, the scholarships are named for Andrew Barnes, former chairman and CEO of the newspaper's parent company, Times Publishing Co. They have been awarded to dozens of high-achieving students who excel despite significant challenges. Barnes scholars have gone on to top-tier schools across the country, including a handful of Ivy League institutions.
Cari Bean, Springstead High School
Kaley Barbara, Hillsborough High School
Makaiyla Boone, King High School
Tavian Campbell, Blake High School
Juan Forero, Tampa Bay Technical High School
Ngoc-Linh Huynh, Brandon High School
Emma Marcone, Steinbrenner High School
Jason Mazard, King High School
Naomi Mora, Berkeley Preparatory School
Ryan Nolan, Sickles High School
William Petro, Hillsborough High School
Morgan Prezzano, Gaither High School
Carly Serrano, Blake High School
Amanda Shelton, Newsome High School
Rachel Baber, Wiregrass High School
J. Eric Bujarski, Sunlake High School
Jaron Kaplan, Gulf High School
Juan Leis-Pretto, Gulf High School
Tyler Bittner, Lakewood High School
Edward Finch, Dunedin High School
Anna Larangeira, St. Petersburg High School
Annette Lott, Palm Harbor University High School
Kevin Solomon, St. Petersburg High School
Spencer Whitten, Seminole High School
Tarek Ziad, St. Petersburg High School