Applications open for 2017 Horatio Alger scholarship

The Association will award nearly $14 million in college funding to studentswho have overcome significant adversity

Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education, announced that applications are open for its 2017 scholarship programs.

With the goal of awarding nearly $14 million in undergraduate and graduate scholarships in 2017 to more than 1,800 students, the Association operates one of the largest privately funded, need-based scholarship programs in the country. Applications for national- and state-level scholarships are now being accepted through October 25, 2016.

Students interested in applying for Horatio Alger Association scholarships must meet a series of requirements related to education, character and family income. Once chosen, Horatio Alger Scholars are provided with resources to ensure a successful higher education experience, including financial aid advice, access to guidance and crisis counselors, mentoring programs, channels to interact with other Scholars, tools to manage the disbursement of funds and access to educational staff for assistance with their scholarships.

“Each year, the new class of Horatio Alger Scholars exemplifies inspiration, hope and the undeniable power of the American Dream,” said Tony Novelly, chairman, Horatio Alger Association. “These remarkable young men and women, having overcome some of life’s most difficult challenges, define what it means to have a resilient spirit. We are continually moved by their strength and determination and are pleased to support them as they pursue their dreams. Through the generosity of our Members, we welcome applications for the Association’s 2017 scholarship programs. ”

Through its robust scholarship programs, Horatio Alger Association supports high school students of exceptional character who demonstrate a commitment to continuing their education and serving their communities, despite facing great adversity. Since 1984, more than 22,000 students, from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, have received more than $125 million in scholarships for undergraduate and graduate studies. In addition, Horatio Alger Association recently completed its Investing in America’s Future Campaign, raising $250 million toward its endowment fund. This fund will enable the Association to increase the value of its scholarships and to endow them in perpetuity. Currently, Horatio Alger National Scholarships are valued at $25,000 and State Scholarships are predominantly valued at $10,000. Recipients of the Horatio Alger National Scholarship are invited to attend the National Scholars Conference, held in conjunction with the Awards Induction Ceremonies, where they connect with current Members, many of whom will serve as mentors to these young students.

Horatio Alger Association was founded in 1947, and since 1984, it has administered one of the nation’s largest privately-funded, need-based scholarship programs. The Association has awarded more than $125 million in undergraduate, graduate and specialized scholarships to students from across the United States (including all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) and Canada. In 2000, 16 years after the establishment of its National Scholarship Program, Horatio Alger Members began funding scholarships concentrated in each state to further the Association’s mission of helping deserving young people pursue their collegiate goals.

Laura Ascione

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