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The Horace Smith Fund, now in its 122nd year, has scholarship and fellowship money available for residents of Hampden County graduating from eligible public and private high schools.  Scholarships awards of $12,000 are distributed as $3,000 annually and renewable each year until graduation.  Fellowship awards of $15,000 are distributed as $5,000 annually and renewable for two additional years.  All recipients must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 each semester.

Recipients are selected on a variety of criteria, including merit, financial need, recommendations and community involvement. Of greatest importance is the applicant’s personal written account of why they feel deserving of the award.  All recipients must be full-time students and residents of Hampden County.

At last year’s Awards Night Ceremony, The Horace Smith Fund awarded $411,000 in the form of 28 Scholarships and 5 Fellowships.

The Horace Smith Fund was established in 1899 by the successful and generous philanthropist named Horace Smith, co-founder of Smith & Wesson, located in Springfield.  The scholarships and fellowships are named for Walter S. Barr, a West Springfield businessman, whose widow left the bulk of the family estate to The Horace Smith Fund in 1950.

Completed applications must be received either electronically or be mailed to The Horace Smith Fund at 16 Union Avenue, Ste. 2K, Westfield, MA 01085, no later than March 15th.  Applications are available at local high school guidance offices, college financial aid offices, on-line at www.HoraceSmithFund.org or by phoning (413) 739-4222.

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