For Graduate Students

The Walter S. Barr Fellowship

Walter S. Barr Fellowships for graduate student scholarships are awarded to permanent or qualified former residents of Hampden County who graduated from an eligible high school and are pursuing full-time post-graduate degrees. If that degree program requires more than one year of full-time study, the award can be renewed for as many as two additional years, if warranted.

Fellowships are granted in the amount of $5,000 per academic year, paid in two installments each semester, and carry a maximum value of $15,000. Fellowships are automatically renewed each year provided a minimum GPA of 3.0 or passing grade is maintained.

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. If the student’s residency is in question, the Fellowship Committee reserves the right to make this decision.

Instructions

Listed below are instructions to apply for Walter S. Barr grad school scholarships available to post-grad students. Completed applications and all related documents must be received in the Horace Smith Fund office by March 15.

Step 1: Mail Necessary Documents

In order to qualify for our graduate scholarships, your official college transcript, scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or other professional school tests and reference forms must be sent directly from your college, testing service and references respectively. We do not accept these items directly from applicants.

Your college handles hundreds of requests to have transcripts sent to many agencies. Make your formal request in writing as soon as soon as possible and keep a copy of it in case you need to telephone later. Give your sources plenty of time to process your request.

At least two of your three references should be from college or graduate school professors who are familiar with your ability and potential. Complete and submit the form online or download blank forms. If Mailing, PLEASE SEND ALL INFORMATION TO:

The Horace Smith Fund
Bismarck Place
16 Union Avenue, Ste. 2K
Westfield, MA 01085

Step 2: Application Form

Complete and submit the fellowship application online or download blank forms.  The “personal statement/essay” is a critical part of your application as it helps to distinguish you from other outstanding applicants. It should present who you are and who you hope to become as you pursue your education and career goals. A completed application includes the following items:

  1. Financial statement
  2. Official college transcript and graduate school transcript, if applicable
  3. Scores on Graduate Record Examination or other professional school tests, if applicable
  4. Three reference forms

DO NOT staple or permanently bind any of your application materials in any way. Completed application forms can be mailed to:

The Horace Smith Fund
Bismarck Place
16 Union Avenue, Ste. 2K
Westfield, MA 01085

Step 1 of 6

Instructions for Walter S. Barr Fellowship Applicants Pursuing Graduate Degrees

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. Eligibility: In general, applicants must be residents of Hampden County or former residents who have graduated from an eligible high school in Hampden County.

3. The completed application and all supporting documents must be received in The Horace Smith Fund office no later than March 15th.

4. The applicant is responsible for sending us an official undergraduate and any applicable graduate transcripts.

5. Scores on the Graduate Record Examination or other professional school tests must be sent directly to The Horace Smith Fund.

6. Three persons, not relatives, should complete reference forms for you. Completed reference forms should be submitted online or mailed by the person writing the reference to The Horace Smith Fund.

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 made will be 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.

HELPFUL HINTS

Your college handles hundreds of requests to have transcripts sent to many agencies. Make your request in writing as soon as you can and keep a copy of your letter in case you need to follow up later. The same applies to the Educational Testing Service and your references. We suggest that you call The Horace Smith Fund office before March 15th to make sure that all documents have been received. After you have submitted your application, you should keep us up to date on any changes, such as acceptance to graduate school.

PERSONAL DATA

Name(Required)
Address(Required)
College or university for undergraduate studies(Required)
College or university
Dates of attendance
Major course of study