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A powerful, well-written essay can make all the difference in whether a student gets accepted into a college. Yet many students who hope to achieve their dream of a college degree may not have a mentor who is able to guide them through this potentially overwhelming component of their college application portfolio.

Local high school seniors who wish to learn the ins and outs of writing a college essay can now do so conveniently from their home or school computer, thanks to a partnership with New College of Florida and Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation. New workshops provided at no cost will cover aspects such as becoming familiar with the application, ways to generate ideas, how to write reflectively and how to approach rewrites.

Dr. Jennifer Wells, director of writing and head of New College’s Writing Program, is the developer and instructor of the workshop and has over 15 years of experience coaching admission essay writing in high school classrooms and writing centers and in workshops for nonprofit organizations. The project also includes training for professionals who are in a position to advise students on writing their college admission essays, such as teachers, guidance counselors and librarians.

“Personal essays carry greater importance in a student’s overall college application because a growing number of colleges and universities are dropping the requirement of SAT and ACT scores,” says Dr. Wells. “I am excited to bring this opportunity to those students who desire extra help. We are grateful for Barancik Foundation’s support of this vitally needed program.”

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About Barancik Foundation

The Charles and Margery Barancik family has long believed in the power of philanthropy to shape our world and enrich the lives of all people. It was the expression of this belief that led them in 2014 to establish Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation—a private, family foundation located in Sarasota, Florida.

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