General Information

The scholarship award is up to $2,500. Scholars will fill out a disbursement request each eligible semester where the maximum amount is based on their program length.

No, this scholarship will not be awarded for exclusively online programs.

No. You can save your work and return to your application at any time before the deadline.

Scholars attending a not-for-profit, 4 year school will be asked to provide documentation from their school to confirm they are enrolled in an Associate Degree or eligible program. The scholarship does not support 4 year degree programs or for-profit institutions.

Scholars must pursue the program they were awarded for to be eligible to receive and benefit from the scholarship. If a scholar changes their program, this may result in forfeiting your funds. Scholars should contact the Association with questions.

If you do not find an answer to your question in the FAQ’s, please email [email protected] or call toll-free at 844-422-4200, Monday-Friday, 9:00-5:00 Eastern Time.


The Horatio Alger Career & Technical Education Scholarship application will open in March with a rolling selection process that will award the first round of scholarships by July. Should spaces remain, the application will remain open until all scholarships are awarded.  Please refer to the CTE Scholarship page to confirm the current application status.

The Career & Technical Education Scholarships will award up to 500 scholarships.  Check the scholarship page to verify if there are scholarships still available.

Eligibility & Requirements

To be eligible for the Career & Technical Education Scholarship, applicants must be under the age of 35 at the time of applying. In addition to being a United States citizen, applicants must have earned a high school diploma, high school equivalency credential, or will complete this requirement by the application deadline. More information on eligibility requirements can be found HERE.

No. Students planning to attend college in the Fall must be enrolled in a Career & Technical degree/certificate at a not-for-profit institution such as a community college or technical school. The scholarship cannot be used at a for-profit institution.

No, this scholarship is for scholars pursuing an Associate level or technical degree/certificate (2 year or less program) at a not-for-profit school.

Notification &
Award Information

Only awardees will be notified. Applicants who are awarded will be notified via email and mail at their time of their selection. A listing of recipients will also be posted online at

Disbursement information will be sent to you each year in May and January. You will be asked to go online and request your funds for the upcoming semester at that time. We send the check directly to your college to be credited to your account. Scholarship funds may be used for any costs associated with their program including tuition, fees, books, supplies, transportation, childcare, etc..

This is reviewed on a case-by-case basis and will be dependent on the new institution, changes to your program, and amount previously disbursed prior to transfer.

Once your request for funds has been approved online, you are able to download/print an approval letter to show your school. The letter will state you were awarded a scholarship through our Association and they may anticipate receiving a check in the coming weeks. However, the Association will not expedite a check to your school.

No. The Horatio Alger Association will not approve or award the full $2,500 to a scholar at one time at any point. The amount you are allowed to request each term depends on your program length.

When you submit your request online, the Association will review each request before approving. Once approved, it may take up to 30 days for a check to be sent to your school.