Press Release

615 Dedicated High School Students Awarded 2018 Horatio Alger State Scholarships

March 20, 2018

McKenna Young
484-385-2913 (office)

615 Dedicated High School Students Awarded 2018 Horatio Alger State Scholarships 
Providing individual scholarships valued at up to $10,000, Horatio Alger Association recognizes young men and women who demonstrate exceptional perseverance and commitment to achieving educational success

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 20, 2018) – 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 615 students from across the nation will receive its prestigious 2018 Horatio Alger State Scholarships. These young men and women are recognized for their admirable commitment to continuing their education and serving their communities, despite facing significant adversity.

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 $143 million in undergraduate, graduate and specialized scholarships. In 2000, 16 years after the establishment of its National Scholarship Program, Horatio Alger Members began funding scholarships concentrated in each state to further its mission of assisting deserving young people to pursue higher education.  Additionally, Association Members fund a series of Specialized Scholarships, which are targeted to students based on specific degree programs or academic institutions. 

“The Horatio Alger State Scholars have faced myriad hardships with great strength, courage and resilience,” said Matthew Rose, president, Horatio Alger Association and 2013 Horatio Alger Award recipient. “In recognition of their resilience, commitment to higher education and support of their local communities, my fellow Members and I are proud to support these inspiring students in their tireless pursuit of the American Dream.”

Collectively, the 2018 Horatio Alger State Scholarship recipients have maintained an average GPA of 3.67 while coming from households with an average annual income of $17,998. Each recipient is awarded up to $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:

  • Al and Cathy Annexstad Horatio Alger Scholarship Fun (Minnesota)
  • BNSF Railway Foundation (North Dakota)
  • BNSF Railway Foundation (Texas)
  • Brinson Foundation (Illinois)
  • Crown Equipment Corporation (Ohio)
  • Ebby Halliday Scholarship Fund (Texas)
  • Edith Bush Charitable Foundation (Florida)
  • Estate of Dorothy Girard (Florida)
  • Horatio Alger Association Board of Directors (California, Missouri)
  • Horatio Alger Association Endowment Fund (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland,  Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming)
  • Horatio Alger Association Members:
    • Charles C. Anderson, Sr. (Alabama)
    • Philip Anschutz (Colorado)
    • Dean L. Buntrock (Illinois, South Dakota)
    • Doris K. Christopher (Illinois)
    • Joseph Clark (Washington)
    • James L. Clayton, Sr. (Tennessee)
    • Edmund A. Hajim (New York)
    • Ronald G. Harrington (Ohio)
    • James A. Haslam III (Tennessee)
    • Randall D. Hubbard (New Mexico)
    • Alan B. Miller (Pennsylvania)
    • Robert G. Miller (Idaho)
    • James R. Moffett (Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico)
    • Angelo R. Mozilo (California)
    • Clarence Oris, Jr. (Florida)
    • Harry S. Patten (Massachusetts)
    • James A. Patterson (Kentucky)
    • Byron Pitts (New York)
    • Richard M. Rosenberg (California)
    • Patrick G. Ryan (Illinois)
    • Lenard B. Tessler (New York)
    • T. Denny Sanford (South Dakota)
    • Peter W. Stott (Oregon)
    • Chris Sullivan (Florida)
    • John H. Weiland (New Jersey)
    • Anthony Welters and Ambassador Beatrice Welters (Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia)
    • Sidney D. Wolk (Massachusetts)
    • Stephen A. Wynn (Nevada)
  • Ronald C. Waranch Foundation (California and Texas)
  • Robert J. Hudiburg in memory of John Hardin Hudiburg (Texas)
  • Lift-A-Life Foundation (Kentucky)
  • Neubauer Family Foundation (Pennsylvania)
  • Michele Rollins and the Rollins Family, in honor of Horatio Alger Association Member John W. Rollins, Sr. (Delaware)
  • The O. Wayne Rollins Foundation (Georgia)

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

For more information about Horatio Alger Association and to see a full listing of its 2018 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 2017, the Association awarded more than $18 million in undergraduate and graduate need-based scholarships across the United States and Canada, and also provided college support services to its Scholars. Since 1984, the Association has awarded more than $143 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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