Message from the Association’s Officers

The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans was established in 1947 to remind fellow citizens that opportunities continue to abound through the American free-enterprise system and education.

Kenneth Beebe, President of the American Schools and Colleges Association, was concerned by the trend of thought among young people that opportunity was a thing of the past. Realizing that this attitude could be countered by focusing attention on individuals who had achieved success in spite of adverse circumstances, he established the Horatio Alger Award. He named the award after the writer of ‘rags to riches” novels in the 19th century, Horatio Alger, Jr. This helped to reinforce the values represented by the Award. One of the early recipients of the Horatio Alger Award was Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. Together Dr. Beebe and Dr. Peale established an organization that is now known as the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.

For almost 70 years, the Horatio Alger Award has conferred recognition on individuals who have triumphed over adversity with the virtues of hard work, honesty, individual initiative, adherence to goals, and community leadership. Since 1947, nearly 700 distinguished individuals from all walks of life and diverse professional backgrounds have received the Horatio Alger Award and membership in the Association. There are currently almost 300 living Members, including ten Members from Canada.

In 1984, Association Members, recognizing the opportunities offered to them by others on the road to success, determined to assist young people who have faced adversity through the provision of college scholarships. We are proud that the Horatio Alger Association has become one of the nation’s largest providers of privately-funded, need-based scholarships, having awarded more than $100 million to more than 20,000 students. We are pleased to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Association’s scholarship programs in 2014.

Our Members are assisted in reaching out to their fellow Americans by their spouses and individual and corporate friends of the Association. Also, alumni of our scholarship programs and a network of volunteers across the country are involved in the mission and work of the Association.

The story of the Horatio Alger Association is about success and extending a helping hand to others. Having achieved the American Dream, Association Members dedicate their time, energy and resources to assist succeeding generations. We encourage you to read the inspirational life stories of our Members and learn more about the Association’s educational mission. We are proud to be doing our part to promote free-enterprise and education which underpin the liberties we enjoy in this great nation. Thank you for your interest in the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.

David L. SokolDavid L. Sokol
Paul Anothony NovellyPaul Anothony Novelly
President and CEO
Walter Scott, Jr.Walter Scott, Jr.
Chairman and President
Horatio Alger Endowment Fund