New College of Florida and the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation have partnered to create a new program designed to help high school seniors write stronger essays for college applications.

The free workshops will begin this summer and will be offered online to local students. The program also includes training for teachers, guidance counselors and librarians who advise students on their college admissions essays. The program was developed by Jennifer Wells, the director of writing at New College and the head of its Writing Program. She has more than 15 years of experience coaching admissions essay writing in high school classrooms and writing centers and in workshops for nonprofits.

A $73,737 Barancik Foundation grant will support the new program. That money will also go to help New College better support students transferring to the college. “The Barancik Foundation’s generous grant enables us to direct more resources to transfer student programming; we truly appreciate their partnership on this critical equity and access initiative,” said New College provost and vice president for academic affairs Suzanne Sherman, according to a press release.

Jennifer Wells (left) and Suzanne Sherman


Founded in Sarasota in 1960, New College of Florida is a top-ranked public liberal arts college and the state’s Honors College of Florida. New College prepares intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement by providing a highly individualized education that integrates academic rigor with career-building experiences. New College offers 45 undergraduate majors in arts, humanities and sciences, a master’s degree program in applied data science, and certificates in technology, finance, and business skills.

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