44 high school seniors are Barnes semifinalists
The four winners of college scholarships will be selected in February.
By Times Staff Writer
Published December 8, 2007
Forty-four high school seniors have been named semifinalists for the 2008 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 up to $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 more than $200,000 in financial aid to college students through the Barnes Scholarships.
Established by the fund in 1999, the scholarships were renamed in 2004 to honor Andrew Barnes, chairman and chief executive officer of the St. Petersburg Times upon his retirement. 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 28 young women who are the 2008 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, 16 Barnes scholars have graduated from college. Sixteen are still enrolled at such universities as Duke, Cornell, Georgetown, Northwestern, Columbia, Ohio State, the University of Florida, the University of South Florida, University of Tampa, the University of Rochester, the University of Chicago, and the University of California-Berkeley.
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.tampabay.com/scholarships.
2008 Barnes Scholarship semifinalists
Javiriyah Ashraf, Citrus High School
Kristina Sabilona, Citrus High School
Jessika Gonzales, Central High School
Amy Mihok, Central High School
Camille McAvoy, Springstead High School
J. Morgan Rogers, Hernando High School
Taylor Martin, Berkeley Preparatory School
Sarah Penter, Armwood High School
Sarah Snow, Armwood High School
Truong Tran, Armwood High School
Andrew Battigaglia, King High School
Lotiffa Colibao, King High School
Brooke Slawinski, King High School
Khalid Pagan, Durant High School
Jou Her, East Bay High School
Sam Salgado, Blake High School
Jamie O'Hara, Newsome High School
Joshua Gonsalves, Tampa Bay Technical High School
Thomas Myers, Gulf High School
Jenna Barthle, Pasco High School
James Walmer, Pasco High School
Rebekkah Cazalas, Admiral Farragut Academy
Auriel Mouzon, Boca Ciega High School
Lindsey Kratochwill, Clearwater High School
Jared Misner, Clearwater High School
Amber Chaboudy, Countryside High School
Kristen Viola, Dixie Hollins High School
Natalia Puerto, Dunedin High School
Martin Span III, Keswick Christian School
Alicia Holden, Lakewood High School
Lan Tran, Lakewood High School
Angela Bousalis, Palm Harbor University High School
Nuri Halef, Palm Harbor University High School
Swathi Nemani, Palm Harbor University High School
Zachariah Addison, Pinellas Park High School
Didier Bizimungu, Pinellas Park High School
Olivier Bizimungu, Pinellas Park High School
Emily Lester, Seminole High School
Crishana Williams, Shorecrest Preparatory School
Paulina Grochala, St. Petersburg Collegiate High School
Katrinka Swenson, St. Petersburg Collegiate High School
Cindy Luu, St. Petersburg High School
Daren Miller, St. Petersburg High School
Natalia Rothschild, Tarpon Springs High School