Since 1994, the Horatio Alger Association has collaborated with a diverse array of colleges and universities across the United States to further the common goal of enhancing access to higher education through the provision of scholarships to deserving young people. Though hampered with modest financial means and adversities in their personal lives, Horatio Alger Scholars have demonstrated integrity and the determination to succeed.
Colleges and universities participating in the Collegiate Partners Program support Horatio Alger Scholars by agreeing to match the Horatio Alger scholarship funds to reduce the amount of loan indebtedness a Horatio Alger Scholar would incur otherwise. Partner institutions help meet the exhibited financial needs of Horatio Alger Scholars with a combination of campus-based resources including institutional aid and/or work-study.
Collegiate Partners also agree not to use funds awarded by the Horatio Alger Association to reduce institutional scholarships and grants for which the student would otherwise be eligible to receive. The Association strongly supports students not being overawarded in institutional aid or in the form of loans. Additionally, colleges/universities agree to provide at least one on-campus point of contact the Association can refer Horatio Alger Scholars for questions about resources.
While Scholars are not required to attend Collegiate Partner schools, the Association encourages its students to consider Partner institutions due to the increased resources available to them. Scholars that choose to apply to Partner schools must meet the school's established admissions and retention requirements to be eligible for additional aid through the program.
Collegiate Partner Agreement
To become a Collegiate Partner, a college or university must:
- Complete an Agreement Form that establishes a working relationship between the Association and the partner institution.
- Agree to match funds sent from the Horatio Alger Association annually with additional institutional aid (on average from $1,000 to $4,000 per year for each student). The institutional aid is normally in the form of scholarships, grants, work-study, or tuition waivers while not displacing other sources of non-loan aid to minimize the amount of debt incurred by our Scholars.
- Provide the Association with at least one contact each year who can direct scholars to available campus resources.
- The application and selection process for Horatio Alger scholarships begins on August 1.
- In November, the Association provides partner institutions with the names and addresses of approximately 5,000 high school seniors who apply annually for the Horatio Alger Association scholarships and who agree to share their contact information.
- In February, the Association forwards the contact list of students who have been awarded Horatio Alger scholarships. Scholars receive a list of Collegiate Partner institutions and information about the program. The Association will continue to mediate the relationship between the school and the student as needed throughout the college selection process.
- In the spring, the Association will reach out to Collegiate Partners requesting updated information for campus contacts.
- During July and August, the Association will provide each Collegiate Partner with a list of Scholars who have requested funds at the Collegiate Partner School for the upcoming academic year. Additionally, the list will include the total award amount, the amount being disbursed for the current year, along with the date the payment was sent.
- Either party may discontinue the agreement at any time. There are no membership fees or dues required.
Either party may discontinue the agreement at any time. There are no membership fees or dues required.