WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 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 16 students from Idaho will receive the prestigious Horatio Alger Lola and Duane Hagadone Scholarship in the amount of $7,000 per recipient. These young men and women are recognized for their admirable commitment to continuing their education and serving their communities, despite facing adversity.
Since 2005, Association Member Duane Hagadone and his wife, Lola, have funded the Horatio Alger Lola and Duane Hagadone Scholarship in recognition of Idaho-based students. 321 Idaho Scholars have been awarded more than $1.2 million. The scholarship is open to eligible high school seniors who reside in Benewah, Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Latah, or Shoshone counties. To qualify, each student must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0, exhibit financial need and demonstrate perseverance in overcoming personal challenges. Applicants must be planning to attend North Idaho College, Lewis-Clark State College (Coeur d'Alene or Lewiston campuses) or the University of Idaho.
"Each year, the students who receive our sponsored scholarship continue to inspire us with their determination, intelligence and drive to succeed," said Mr. Hagadone, Horatio Alger Association Member, Class of 2004. "The 2016 scholarship recipients are committed to pursuing higher education and serving their local communities in our beloved Idaho, despite facing significant challenges along the way. These are the personal characteristics that set them apart from their peers. Lola and I are deeply pleased to support the Association through this scholarship fund, which enables these deserving individuals pursue their dreams."
Collectively, the 2016 Horatio Alger State and Specialized Scholarship recipients have maintained an average GPA of 3.6 and an ACT score of 24 while coming from households with an average annual income of $19,116. Scholars have access to a variety of resources including college preparatory support, access to guidance and crisis counselors as well as mentoring programs.
"It is through the incredible generosity of Members such as Duane and Lola Hagadone that the Association is able to provide financial and emotional support to such remarkable students each year," said Tony Novelly, chairman, Horatio Alger Association. "Horatio Alger Scholars, including these 16 students from Idaho, exhibit so many admirable qualities and we are proud to support this next generation of leaders in their endeavors."
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.
SOURCE Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc.