Application in College 2021

Our Walter S. Barr Scholarship opportunities for college students are available to students with at least two years left of undergraduate study. The Horace Smith Fund offers college student scholarships to residents in Hampden County who have also graduated from eligible Hampden County secondary schools.

These awards are determined using all available information, including school records, recommendations and examination scores. Consideration is given to both the merit and financial need of the applicant.

Scholarships are granted in the amount of $3,000 per academic year, paid in two installments each semester, and carry a maximum value of $12,000. Scholarships are automatically renewed each year provided a minimum GPA of 3.0 is maintained.

Step 1 of 6

Instructions for Walter S. Barr Scholarship Applicants IN COLLEGE

1. Complete and submit the scholarship application online or download blank forms. DO NOT staple or permanently bind any of your application materials in any way. If Mailing, PLEASE SEND ALL INFORMATION TO THE HORACE SMITH FUND AT THIS ADDRESS:

THE HORACE SMITH FUND 16 Union Avenue, Ste. 2-K Westfield, MA 01085

2. Completed applications, letters of reference, and parent/guardian financial information must be received in The Horace Smith Fund office no later than March 15th.

3. The applicant is responsible for having official college and high school transcripts mailed to The Horace Smith Fund.

4. Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of the College Entrance Examination Board or the ACT and submit the scores to enhance their application. The College Board measures general verbal and quantitative reasoning with the SAT and measures achievement related to high school curricula with ACT. When registering for the examination or when completing a College Board transcript request form, please ask the College Board to send the scores to us indicating 0017 as the code number and “The Horace Smith Fund, 16 Union Avenue, Suite 2K, Westfield, MA 01085” as one of the institutions to which a score report should be sent.

5. Three persons, not relatives, should complete reference forms for you. At least one reference should be from a high school counselor or teacher, who is familiar with your ability and potential. A second and third reference should be from college instructors, who have similar knowledge of your work. Seek appropriate references from those who are willing to write about your accomplishments. Reference forms should be completed online or mailed by person writing the reference to The Horace Smith Fund.

6. As of Fall 2018, we will no longer accept FAFSA applications as proof of financial need. All applicants must complete the Parent/Guardian Financial Statement located on our website. If applying as an independent student, please complete the form based on your own finances.

7. The “Personal Statement/Essay,” which is part of your application, is very 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.