50 Students from Nebraska and Western Iowa Awarded 2017 AKSARBEN Horatio Alger State Scholarship
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April 13, 2017
50 Remarkable Students from Nebraska and Western Iowa Awarded 2017 AKSARBEN Horatio Alger State Scholarship
Horatio Alger Association, in partnership with the AKSARBEN Foundation, recognizes high school seniors in Nebraska and western Iowa who have demonstrated exceptional perseverance and a commitment to furthering their education
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 13, 2017) –Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education, today announced the 50 recipients of its prestigious 2017 AKSARBEN Horatio Alger State Scholarship. These scholarships are funded through the generosity of the AKSARBEN Foundation, and are awarded to students from Nebraska and western Iowa who have faced significant personal adversities, yet continue to show admirable commitment to continuing their education and serving their communities.
Collectively, the 2017 AKSARBEN Horatio Alger State Scholarship recipients have maintained an average GPA 3.68 while coming from households with an average annual income of $27,353. Each student is awarded $6,000, paid over four years, to apply toward the tuition of the college or university of his or her choice. Additionally, Horatio Alger State Scholars have access to various resources, including college preparatory support, guidance and crisis counselors as well as mentoring programs.
“Year over year, I am inspired by the character, intelligence and determination displayed by the AKSARBEN Horatio Alger State Scholarship recipients,” said Walter Scott, Jr., chairman emeritus, Horatio Alger Association. “It is an honor to again partner with the AKSARBEN Foundation to support this year’s exceptional students who, despite the challenges they have faced, remain committed to pursuing a college degree and giving back to their communities. Their resilience and drive is admirable, and I look forward to witnessing them all achieve great success.”
AKSARBEN Foundation President Sandra Reding stated, “Our powerful belief in providing educational and economic opportunities to young people has been a core value of the membership of the Knights of AKSARBEN and the AKSARBEN Foundation. It is with pride that we sponsor the AKSARBEN / Horatio Alger State Scholarship awards, providing resources to assist students in search of their dreams.”
“The AKSARBEN Coronation & Scholarship Ball has two main goals: to honor families who help build the Heartland through volunteerism and to raise money for scholarships for tomorrow’s Heartland leaders,” said Karen Nelson, chairman of the Women’s Ball Committee. “On behalf of the Women’s Ball Committee I congratulate these scholars and look forward to seeing where the AKSARBEN support takes them on their professional journey.”
AKSARBEN Foundation is the premier business leadership network in Nebraska and western Iowa. Since 1895 AKSARBEN has leveraged collective business leadership to build a more prosperous Heartland by funding and guiding best practice, needs-based scholarship programs, awarding nearly $1 million annually; promoting the Heartland’s cultural heritage through top-ranking community celebrations, attended by more than 100,000 annually; and honoring community leaders who carry on the Heartland’s tradition of philanthropy and volunteerism.
Horatio Alger Association was founded in 1947, and since 1984, it has administered one of the nation’s largest privately-funded, need-based scholarship programs. Since its founding, the Association has awarded more than $125 million in undergraduate and graduate scholarships to students from across the United States, including all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada. In 2000, 16 years after the establishment of its National Scholarship Program, Horatio Alger Members also began funding scholarships concentrated in each state, as well as specialized scholarships, to further its mission of helping deserving young people pursue their collegiate goals.
About Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans:
Founded in 1947, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. is dedicated to the simple but powerful belief that hard work, honesty and determination can conquer all obstacles. The Association honors the achievements of outstanding leaders who have accomplished remarkable successes in spite of adversity by bestowing upon them the Horatio Alger Award and inducting them as lifetime Members. Horatio Alger Members support promising young people with the resources and confidence needed to overcome adversity in pursuit of their dreams through higher education. Through the generosity of its Members and friends, the Association awards more than $11 million annually in undergraduate and graduate need-based scholarships across the United States and Canada and provides college support and mentoring services to its Scholars. Since 1984, the Association has awarded more than $125 million in college scholarships to more than 22,000 deserving young people. For more information, please visit www.horatioalger.org.
About the AKSARBEN Foundation:
Established in 1895, AKSARBEN Foundation represents the premier employers in Nebraska and western Iowa. AKSARBEN Foundation works as a unified network to influence change for the betterment of youth, the economy and Heartland communities. We advance our mission to leverage collective business leadership to build a more prosperous Heartland by funding and guiding best practice, needs-based scholarship programs, awarding nearly $1 million annually; promoting the Heartland’s cultural heritage through top-ranking community celebrations, attended by over 100,000 annually; and honoring community leaders who carry on the Heartland’s tradition of philanthropy and volunteerism. For more information, please visit www.aksarben.org.
Horatio Alger Members are part of a select group of individuals who have experienced a wide spectrum of what life can offer. Similar to characters in stories by Horatio Alger, Jr., they traditionally have started life in “humble” or economically challenging circumstances.
The Association administers more than 70 undergraduate and graduate need-based scholarship programs.