The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. was named after the 19th century author Horatio Alger, Jr., who captivated readers with tales of how he overcame adversity through perseverance and moral conviction. Association members believe that hard work, honesty and determination can conquer any obstacle. Through the organization’s scholarship program (one of the largest in the country), members encourage students to pursue their own version of the American Dream, as well as help students realize the importance of service to others. The members of the Horatio Alger Association also work directly with students to provide the support, education and confidence needed to attain their goals.
Each year, 104 students receive a $20,000 scholarship through the national program, and hundreds more receive assistance through the various state programs. Students must meet the following eligibility to be considered for either a state or national award:
♦ Must be a high school senior planning to graduate in the spring/summer of 2014
♦ Plan to enroll in college in the fall of 2014
♦ Must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree or higher
♦ Show critical financial need (family income of $50,000 or lower)
♦ Must be involved in community or co-curricular activities
♦ Demonstrate the ability to overcome adversity
♦ Must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher
♦ Must be a U.S. citizen
♦ Must submit an application by October 25
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