WASHINGTON, May 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- 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, today announced that 10 students pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) will receive award scholarships of $10,000. These young men and women are recognized for their admirable commitment to continuing their education and serving their communities, despite facing adversity.
Honeywell wholly funds the scholarship program through Honeywell Hometown Solutions, its corporate citizenship initiative. In partnership with Horatio Alger Association, the Honeywell Scholarship program is available to college freshmen enrolled at Honeywell Partner schools or Horatio Alger Collegiate Partner schools. To qualify for the Honeywell Scholarship, applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, exhibit strong character and academic promise and display perseverance in overcoming significant personal adversity.
"We are pleased to present the Honeywell Scholarship Program for the third consecutive year in partnership with Horatio Alger Association," said David Cote, chairman and CEO of Honeywell who was inducted as a Horatio Alger Lifetime Member in 2014. "There is a growing need for our nation's young people to pursue STEM fields, and the partnership between Honeywell and Horatio Alger Association enables students interested in these professions to overcome life challenges and further their education. I am honored to make a difference in the lives of these inspiring students and proud of the intellect and determination exhibited by the 2016 class of Honeywell Scholars."
In addition to the 10 recipients of the Honeywell Scholarship, Horatio Alger Association also announced that six students have been selected for Honeywell's summer internship program. The program selects Horatio Alger Scholars who are entering their senior year of study to participate in a prestigious internship at various Honeywell locations across the country. Internship assignments range from cross-business projects and individual research assignments to design and innovation development. Honeywell has set a goal to convert 60 percent of these interns into full-time employees.
The 2016 Horatio Alger Honeywell Scholarship recipients have maintained an average GPA of 3.65 while coming from households with an average annual income of $20,535.
"The partnership between Honeywell and Horatio Alger Association is a wonderful example of the unwavering support and dedication that Association Members provide to our Scholars," said Byron D. Trott, president, Horatio Alger Association. "David Cote is an outstanding leader and an exceptional role model for America's youth. We are grateful for his generosity and continued support of the Association's important mission to ensure the American Dream for future generations."
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.
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About Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans:
Founded in 1947, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. is dedicated to the simple but powerful belief that hard work, honesty and determination can conquer all obstacles. The Association honors the achievements of outstanding leaders who have accomplished remarkable successes in spite of adversity by bestowing upon them the Horatio Alger Award and inducting them as lifetime Members. Horatio Alger Members support promising young people with the resources and confidence needed to overcome adversity in pursuit of their dreams through higher education. Through the generosity of its Members and friends, the Association awards more than $12 million annually in undergraduate and graduate need-based scholarships across the United States and Canada and provides college support and mentoring services to its Scholars. Since 1984, the Association has awarded more than $125 million in college scholarships to more than 22,000 deserving young people. For more information, please visit www.horatioalger.org.
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