WASHINGTON, June 23, 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 50 students from Montana will receive the prestigious 2016 Horatio Alger Montana Scholarship in the amount of $7,000 per recipient. Generously funded by the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, the philanthropic organization for The Washington Companies, these scholarships recognize young men and women for their admirable commitment to continuing their education and serving their communities, despite facing adversity.
Since the scholarship program started in 2004, 724 Montana Scholars have been awarded more than $3.3 million. Now in its 13th year, the scholarship is open to high school seniors in Montana who maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA, exhibit financial need and demonstrate perseverance in overcoming personal challenges. Applicants must be planning to attend the University of Montana or Montana State University, or one of their affiliates. In addition to the $7,000 scholarship, the University of Montana and Montana State University system schools provide an additional $5,000 award to each recipient, bringing the total scholarship amount to $12,000 to be disbursed over the course of the student's college career. As part of Horatio Alger Association's Collegiate Partners program, the University of Montana and Montana State University, along with their affiliates, share the Association's mission to provide support and campus resources to Scholars who show incredible promise and who have overcome difficult circumstances.
"Every year, Phyllis and I are honored to award such deserving students with the financial assistance they need to attend college and pursue their dreams," said Mr. Washington, chairman emeritus of Horatio Alger Association. "Despite having faced significant obstacles in their young lives, their steadfast commitment to obtain an education has endured. Such remarkable stories of perseverance and tireless determination to succeed continue to inspire us each day and sustain our own commitment to this profound scholarship program."
The 2016 Horatio Alger Montana Scholarship recipients have maintained an average GPA of 3.5 and an average ACT score of 23, while coming from households with an average annual income of $21,980.
"My fellow Members and I are incredibly grateful for the ever-present generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Washington as they continue their decades-long support of the Association and our Scholars," said Tony Novelly, chairman, Horatio Alger Association. "Their time, talent and treasure have had an immense impact on Horatio Alger Scholars aided through this program and it is that commitment which reminds us all of the power to change lives through this educational organization."
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 Montana State 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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