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Geraldine L. Barnes Scholarship Fund


The Geraldine L. Barnes fund was established by Project LINK's Board of Directors in recognition of Geraldine contributions to Project LINK and the social work profession.


The Barnes Scholarship seeks to award students exhibiting academic excellence by achieving a minimum overall 3.0 GPA and who demonstrates financial need.


The recipient may renew the scholarship throughout his/her career as long as he/she maintains demonstrable need and satisfactory progress towards the Bachelor of Social Work degree.



Now Open:


2019–2020 Scholarship Application Cycle


  • Complete and return the 2019–2020 application (MS Word)


  • Receipt deadline at Project LINK is Monday, April 20, 2020; instructions included on the application form

Scholarship Qualification Criteria


  • Student must be in their first year of study for a social work degree in an accredited baccalaureate or master’s degree program.

  • Student must be African American, American Indian, Asian American, and/or Hispanic/Latino.

  • Student must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

  • Student must be enrolled in 12 credit hours (and/or full time) during the semester for which the award is granted.

  • Student must have demonstrated a commitment to promoting equity and social justice.



The Late Mrs. Geraldine L. Barnes (1937 - 2006)


The late Geraldine Leath Barnes was born too late John Ceroy and Rebecca Leath in Alachua County, Florida.


She received her primary education training in Tampa, Florida where she graduated from Middleton High School in 1955.

She also received an Associate’s degree in Gerontology from Hillsborough Community College and went on to pursue her Bachelor of Social Work.


After serving 36 years with Hillsborough County Health and Social Services, she retired in 2002. Ms. Barnes worked diligently in the community touching the lives of many both young and old.


One of her many contributions to West Tampa was the founding of Project-LINK. Her commitment to youth and the community can be attributed to her spiritual relationship with Christ.Ms. Barnes was committed to her family and empowering the citizens in the West Tampa community.


Ms. Barnes loving family includes her children; Horace Barnes Jr, Patricia Barnes, Estraleita Anderson and Pamela Smith (Burton).


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