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Walter S. Barr Scholarship for Students in College

Barr Scholarships are also available to students currently attending college. Second and third year students often require a greater degree of financial assistance than do first year students. Therefore, the Fund offers scholarships to college students resident in Hampden County (MA) who are graduates of Hampden County secondary schools. Awards will be made on the basis of all available information, including school records, recommendations and examination scores.  Consideration will be given to both the merit and financial need of the applicant.

Instructions for Walter S. Barr Scholarship Applicants Currently in College and Their Parents

  1. Complete and submit the scholarship application on-line or by mail.
  2. Three persons, not relatives, should complete reference forms for you. At least one reference should be from a high school guidance counselor or teacher who is familiar with your ability and potential. A second and third reference should be from a college instructor who has similar knowledge of the applicant. Completed reference forms can be submitted on-line or mailed to the Walter S. Barr Scholarship Committee, mailed to the address below.
  3. As of Fall 2018, we will no longer accept FAFSA applications as proof of financial need. All applicants must complete the Parents’ Financial Statement.

  4. The applicant is responsible for having both official high school and college transcripts mailed to:
    The Horace Smith Fund
    Bismarck Place
    16 Union Avenue, Ste. 2K
    Westfield, MA 01085
  5. Applicants are expected to have taken the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of the College Entrance Examination Board.
  6. a. Please ask the College Board to send your scores to us. This is done by indicating 0017 as the code number and “The Horace Smith Fund, 16 Union Avenue, Ste. 2K, Westfield, MA 01085” as one of the institutions to which a score report should be sent.

    b. To enhance your application, you may also send a copy of your most recent ACT student assessment report to the address above.

  7. The “Personal Statement/Essay,” which is part of your application, is important. The essay will help to distinguish you from other outstanding applicants. Your essay should present who you are and who you hope to become as you pursue your education and career goals.

  8. Awards will be made based on all available information, including school records, recommendations, and examination scores. Consideration will be given to both the merit and financial need of the applicant

  9. Completed application, letters of reference and parents financial statement must be received in the Horace Smith Fund office no later than March 15th.

Online Checklist

» Part 1:  Application «   NOTE YOUR APPLICATION IS NOT COMPLETE UNTIL YOU GET AN EMAILED CONFIRMATION #
» Part 2:  Reference form link to send to 3 references- see instructions above «
» Part 3: As of Fall 2018, we will no longer accept FAFSA applications as proof of financial need. All applicants must complete the Parents’ Financial Statement.
» Part 4: Have both your high school and college send official transcripts, with SAT scores, to the address above. If applicable, also send a copy of your ACT scores to us. We must receive them no later than March 15th.

Printable Checklist

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» Part 1:  Printable Application «
» Part 2:  Printable Reference form « 
» Part 3: As of Fall 2018, we will no longer accept FAFSA applications as proof of financial need. All applicants must complete the Parents’ Financial Statement.
» Part 4: Have both your high school and college send official transcripts, with SAT scores, to the address above. If applicable, also send a copy of your ACT scores to us. We must receive them no later than March 15th.
Printable Instructions Sheet

Hard copy applications are available at the Horace Smith Fund office and at the financial aid offices of several local colleges after September 15th.