Extended Deadline: All Applications Are Due by March 15, 2017

Walter S. Barr Scholarships for Students in H.S.

These awards for undergraduate education are made annually by the Scholarship Committee to residents of Hampden County, MA who are members of the senior class at their local public or private secondary schools.

Awards are based on school records, college entrance examinations, general attainments and financial need. Awards will be continued through the four year course if the student’s record and need justify such continuance.  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 about to Enter College and Their Parents

  1. Complete and submit the scholarship application on-line or by mail to The Horace Smith Fund, 1441 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103.
  2. Three persons, not relatives, should complete reference forms for you.   At least two references should be a high school guidance counselor or teacher, who is familiar with your ability and potential. Completed reference forms can be submitted on-line or mailed to The Horace Smith Fund at the address above.
  3. The confidential financial statement must be completed by the applicant’s parents.  Completed financial statement form can be submitted on-line or mailed to The Horace Smith Fund at the address above.  Or the applicant may instead submit a copy of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  4. The applicant is responsible for having a high school transcript mailed to:
    1441 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103
    Telephone (413) 739-4222 ~ FAX (413) 739-1108 
  5. Applicants are encouraged to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of the College Entrance Examination Board, if they have not already done so.
    1. SAT scores should be noted on the high school transcript.
    2. We request that you also send us a copy of your most recent MCAS test report and ACT assessment student report.
  6. Completed application, letters of reference and parents financial statement must be received in the Horace Smith Fund office no later than March 1st.

Online Checklist

» Part 1:  Application « NOTE YOUR APPLICATION IS NOT COMPLETE UNTIL YOU GET AN EMAILED CONFIRMATION #
» Part 2:  Reference form to send to 3 references – see instructions above «
» Part 3:  Parents Financial Statement «
» Part 4:  Have your High School send your official transcript, with SAT score noted on it, to the above address. Also send a copy of your latest MCAS and ACT scores as applicable. We must receive it no later than March 1st.

Printable Checklist

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» Part 1:  Printable Application «
» Part 2:  Printable Reference form «
» Part 3:  Printable Financial Statement «
» Part 4:  Have your High School send your official transcript, with SAT score noted on it, to the above address. Also send a copy of your latest MCAS and ACT scores as applicable. We must receive it no later than March 1st.
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.