Contacts: Holly Rollins,
10-x Group,

Stephane Leblois
Horatio Alger Association

Horatio Alger Opens Applications for 2013 National & State Scholarships
Association Awards More Than $7.5 Million

(August 27, 2012 – Washington, DC) In time for the back to school season, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. announced today that it has opened the 2013 National and State Scholarship application. High school students from across the country are encouraged to apply now through October 25, 2012, for the opportunity to gain financial assistance in obtaining a college degree, and expanded opportunities in the future. Applications can be completed online at

The Horatio Alger Association is one of the largest providers of need-based scholarships in the country. Scholarships are awarded to students who have demonstrated integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity and hardships while exhibiting strength of character, strong academics, a commitment to pursuing a college education and a desire to contribute to society. The Horatio Alger Association annually awards more than $7.5 million in college scholarships to American high school students.

Students from all 50 states, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, are encouraged to apply for the National and State Scholarship Programs (one application serves for both scholarships). In 2012, the Association awarded National Scholarships valued at $20,000 each to 101 young people. The State Scholarship Programs are sponsored by Horatio Alger Members and friends of the Association in all states. In 2012 the Association awarded more than 782 State Scholarships providing financial assistance ranging from $5,000 to $10,500.

The eligibility criteria to be considered for Horatio Alger National and State Scholarships include enrollment as a full-time high school senior in the U.S., intent to pursue a bachelor's degree at an accredited U.S. institution, critical financial need, demonstrated integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity, a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 and U.S. Citizenship.

Founded in 1947, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans celebrates individuals whose determination and hard work have enabled them to overcome life’s obstacles to achieve success. As a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, the Association provides college scholarships and mentorship to at-risk students who demonstrate courage in the face of adversity and dedication to pursuing higher education. The Association has awarded almost $100 million to nearly 20,000 Scholars since the inception of its scholarship programs in 1984.