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Thirty-seven high school seniors have been chosen as semifinalists for the 2003 St. Petersburg Times Scholarship. A total of 229 students from Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties applied.
The scholarship program, which was created by the newspaper in 1999, is for students who demonstrate academic achievement, financial need, participation in extracurricular activities and community service and who have succeeded in overcoming significant obstacles in their lives.
The scholarship is worth up to $15,000 per year for four years at an accredited U.S. college or university. So far, the newspaper has awarded nearly $180,000 in scholarships.
The 12 young men and 25 young women now must complete the second portion of the application, answering essay questions and supplying family financial information and letters of recommendation from a high school counselor and another adult. That information will be reviewed in early February, and 10 finalists will be selected. The finalists will be interviewed in St. Petersburg in late February. The four winners will be announced in mid March.
The scholarships are funded by the St. Petersburg Times Fund, Inc., formerly known as the St. Petersburg Times Scholarship Fund, which has been assisting students financially since 1953.
The previous 12 winners are enrolled at Duke University in Durham, N.C.; Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.; St. John's College in Annapolis, Md; Salem College in Winston-Salem, N.C.; Rice University in Houston; Tulane University in New Orleans; the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor; Washington University in St. Louis; the University of Florida and the University of Tampa.
Here are the semifinalists and their schools:
Michelle Buzzelli, Crystal River High School
Jessie Lubotsky, Lecanto High School
Brian Wilkerson, Crystal River High School
Katie Castonguay-Prystupa, Central High School
Tadd Hale, Springstead High School
Irene Castillo, Plant City High School
Hakemia Jamison, Tampa Bay Technical High School
Lissette Jimenez, Alonzo High School
John Lowe, Gaither High School
Erin Maloney, Gaither High School
Albert Ng, Bloomingdale High School
Valerie Parker, King High School
Jesse Pope, Wharton High School
Trung Tran, Jefferson High School
Male student, King High School, who did not want his name published.
Amber Bellefleur, River Ridge High School
Summer Berge, Ridgewood High School
Jessica Curley, Gulf High School
Sawyer Mann, Wesley Chapel High School
Jessica Marlette, Hudson High School
Tatyana Peshko, Mitchell High School
Rachel Rose, Ridgewood High School
William Bramer, Lakewood High School
Bryan Casanas, Pinellas Park High School
Selma Causevic, Tarpon Springs High School
Takita Cuthbertson, Boca Ciega High School
Rebecca Dimond, Pinellas Park High School
Dana Favero, Lakewood High School
Louis Frazier, Clearwater High School
Jasmine Honeysucker, Largo High School
Dyane Jean Francois Fils, St. Petersburg High School
Megan McGinnis, East Lake High School
Camila Pachon, Largo High School
David Reider, Calvary Christian High School
Ashley Rogers, Boca Ciega High School
Natalia Rosochowicz, Seminole High School
Uyen Tran, Clearwater High School