WASHINGTON, July 6, 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 25 students from Louisiana will receive the prestigious Horatio Alger Louisiana State Scholarship in the amount of $10,500 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 2001, Horatio Alger Association Member William J. Doré has funded this scholarship program in recognition of deserving young men and women from Louisiana. 974 Louisiana Scholars have been awarded more than $10.2 million. Now in its 16th year, the scholarship is open to high school seniors in the state who maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA, exhibit financial need and demonstrate perseverance in overcoming personal challenges. Applicants must plan to pursue a bachelor's degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the state of Louisiana.
"The strength of character and the resilience of the students who are receiving this year's Horatio Alger Louisiana State Scholarship is incomparable," said Mr. Doré, Horatio Alger Association Member, Class of 2000. "In their young lives, these students have demonstrated exceptional academic commitment and dedication to giving back while facing difficult situations. Their stories are truly moving and should inspire us to support their individual pursuits of the American Dream in every way we can. I look forward to seeing them achieve great success."
The 2016 Horatio Alger Louisiana recipients have maintained an average GPA of 3.2 and an ACT score of 24, while coming from households with an average annual income of $20,073. Scholars have access to a variety of resources including college preparatory support, access to guidance and crisis counselors as well as mentoring programs.
"The Louisiana Scholars exhibit an unwavering commitment to pursuing their college education and have not allowed challenging circumstances to define or limit them," said Tony Novelly, chairman, Horatio Alger Association. "I am honored to be part of an organization that recognizes students for such personal resilience and I am grateful to Members and Life Partners, such as Kay and William J. Doré, who so deeply understand the importance of higher education in a young person's life. Their commitment to our scholarship programs enable the Association to ensure the American Dream for future generations to come."
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.
For a complete list of the 2016 Horatio Alger Louisiana Scholars, please click here. For more information about Horatio Alger Association please visit https://www.horatioalger.org. To engage on social media, please "Like" the organization on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/HoratioAlgerUS).
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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