Press Release

570 Remarkable High School Students Awarded 2019 Horatio Alger State Scholarships

February 5, 2019

Carly Buggy
484-385-2934 (office)

570 Remarkable High School Students Awarded 2019 Horatio Alger State Scholarships
Providing individual scholarships valued at $10,000, Horatio Alger Association recognizes young men and women who demonstrate exceptional perseverance and commitment to achieving educational success

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 5, 2019)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 570 students from across the nation will receive its prestigious 2019 Horatio Alger State Scholarship. These annual scholarships recognize outstanding students, who, in the face of great personal adversity, have exhibited an unwavering commitment to pursue their dreams through higher education.

Since the establishment of its scholarship programs in 1984, more than 25,000 students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada have received more than $159 million in undergraduate, graduate and specialized scholarships. In 2000, 16 years after the establishment of its National Scholarship Program, the Association began funding scholarships concentrated in each state to further its mission of assisting deserving young people to pursue higher education. Additionally, Horatio Alger Members fund a series of Specialized Scholarships, which target students attending specific academic institutions or pursuing certain degree programs.

“The 2019 Horatio Alger State Scholars are an immensely talented group of students who, despite facing both economic and financial hardships, have remained committed to furthering their education,” said Matthew Rose, president, Horatio Alger Association and 2013 Horatio Alger Award recipient. “These young people show great promise, and my fellow Members and I are honored to support them on their journeys towards academic, professional and personal success.”

Collectively, the 2019 Horatio Alger State Scholarship recipients are students who come from households with an average annual income of $18,652 while maintaining an average GPA of 3.71. Each recipient is awarded $10,000 to apply toward the tuition of their selected college or university.

State Scholarships are funded through the generosity of the following individuals/organizations:

  • AKSARBEN Foundation (Nebraska, Western Iowa)
  • Al and Cathy Annexstad Horatio Alger Scholarship Fund (Minnesota)
  • BNSF Railway Foundation (North Dakota, Texas)
  • Brinson Foundation (Illinois)
  • Crown Equipment Corporation (Ohio)
  • Ebby Halliday Scholarship Fund (Texas)
  • Ellis Island Honors Society (New York)
  • Estate of Dorothy Girard (Florida)
  • Freeport-McMoRan Foundation (Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico)
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP (New York)
  • Mr. Peter Hanlon (New York)
  • Horatio Alger Association Endowment Fund (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming)
  • Horatio Alger Association Members:
    • Charles C. Anderson, Sr. (Alabama)
    • Philip Anschutz (Colorado)
    • Donald Beall (California)
    • Dean L. Buntrock (Illinois, South Dakota)
    • Doris K. Christopher (Illinois)
    • Terry M. Giles (Texas)
    • Robert Blyth Goergen (Florida)
    • Craig Hall (Texas)
    • Ronald G. Harrington (Ohio)
    • James A. Haslam II (Tennessee)
    • Clayton Paul Hilliard (Louisiana)
    • Randall D. Hubbard (New Mexico)
    • Reba McEntire (Oklahoma, Tennessee)
    • Alan B. Miller (Pennsylvania)
    • Robert G. Miller (Idaho)
    • Angelo R. Mozilo (California)
    • Paul Anthony Novelly (Michigan, Missouri)
    • Byron Pitts (New York)
    • Ernest Rady (California)
    • Patrick G. Ryan (Illinois)
    • Denny Sanford (South Dakota)
    • Michael Shannon (Colorado)
    • Peter W. Stott (Oregon)
    • Chris Sullivan (Florida)
    • Lenard B. Tessler (New York)
    • Kelcy Warren (Texas)
    • Anthony Welters and Ambassador Beatrice Welters (Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia)
    • Sidney D. Wolk (Massachusetts)
    • Stephen A. Wynn (Nevada)
  • Lift-A-Life Foundation (Kentucky)
  • Mr. Francis Nichols (Maine, Vermont)
  • Mrs. Michele Rollins and the Rollins Family, in honor of Horatio Alger Association Member John W. Rollins, Sr. (Delaware)
  • Neubauer Family Foundation (Pennsylvania)
  • Ronald C. Waranch Foundation (California, Texas)
  • The O. Wayne Rollins Foundation (Georgia)
  • Uptake (Illinois)
  • Vestas (Iowa and Oregon)

Later this year, the Association will award State Scholarships in Montana.

“The Association is incredibly grateful for the generosity of our Members, Life Partners and friends,” said Terrence J. Giroux, executive director, Horatio Alger Association. “Their commitment to our mission is the reason that we have been able to support the aspirations of more than 25,000 students over the past 34 years. These students represent the future of this country and we are proud to award them with this scholarship.” 

For more information about Horatio Alger Association and to see a full listing of its 2019 Scholars, please click here. Follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #HoratioAlgerScholar.


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, in 2018, the Association awarded more than $16 million in undergraduate and graduate need-based scholarships across the United States and Canada, and also provided college support and mentoring services to its Scholars. Since 1984, the Association has awarded more than $159 million in college scholarships to more than 25,000 deserving young people. For more information, please visit

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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.

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