Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs

Since 1984 the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs have provided more than $100 million in college scholarships to young people, making their dreams of higher education achievable. The Association’s scholarship programs are the nation’s only financial assistance effort that specifically identifies young people who, like the Members of the Association, have overcome exceptional hardships. Despite facing adversities in their young lives, Horatio Alger Scholars—recipients of Horatio Alger Scholarships—have proven their ability to succeed.

Representative of the cultural and ethnic diversity of our great nation, all races, creeds, and communities are reflected in the faces of the Horatio Alger Scholars. Every year at least one National Scholar is selected from each state, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. States with larger student populations typically have more than one Scholar. Scholarship award amounts range from $5,000 to $20,000, and the funds are dispersed directly to the collegiate institution over the Scholar’s college career.

Applicants for the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs are evaluated and selected based on the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2014 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0
  • Be a United States citizen

In addition to the scholarship, students have access to additional services during their undergraduate years and beyond including:

  • Financial aid counseling
  • Internships and career placement opportunities
  • Graduate school grant programs
  • Collegiate Partners Program
  • Mentoring program
  • Free housing opportunities at Campus Crest Communities
  • Scholar and Alumni meetings and events
  • Eligibility to apply for special assistance grants
  • 24-hour support and referral line