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Horatio Alger Association Awards 21 Outstanding Students with William J. Doré Scholarships Worth $10,500

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June 12, 2018

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Horatio Alger Association Awards 21 Outstanding Students with William J. Doré Scholarships Worth $10,500

Through the generosity of Horatio Alger Member William J. Doré, the Association awards young men and women from Louisiana with scholarships to pursue higher education

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 12, 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 that 21 students from Louisiana will receive the prestigious Horatio Alger William J. Doré Scholarship in the amount of $10,500 each. These young men and women are recognized for their admirable commitment to continuing their education and serving their communities, despite facing adversity.

Horatio Alger Association Member William J. Doré began funding this scholarship program in 2001 in recognition of deserving young men and women from Louisiana. Since that time, 1,023 Louisiana Scholars have been awarded more than $9 million. Now in its 18th year, the scholarship is open to high school seniors in the state who maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA, exhibit financial need and demonstrate perseverance in overcoming personal challenges. Applicants must plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree at McNeese State University. 

“Each year, I am inspired by the resilience of the Horatio Alger Scholars from Louisiana who have a strong desire to further their education and give back to their communities, despite overcoming immense challenges,” said Mr. Doré, Horatio Alger Association Member, Class of 2000. “I am proud to support the Association’s scholarship program and it is an honor to be a part of an organization that provides these outstanding students with the support – both financial and emotional – that they need in order to pursue their dreams.”

The 2018 Horatio Alger William J. Doré Scholars have maintained an average GPA of 3.87 and an ACT score of 25, while coming from households with an average annual income of $22,668. Recipients have access to a variety of resources including college preparatory support, access to guidance and crisis counselors as well as mentoring programs. 

“The Association is grateful to have outstanding Members like Bill Doré who believe so strongly in the value of higher education,” said Matthew Rose, president, Horatio Alger Association. “We’re proud to award scholarships to these promising young men and women and look forward to witnessing all that they will accomplish in their college years and beyond.”

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. The Association has awarded more than $143 million in undergraduate, graduate and specialized 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 began funding scholarships on a state level to further the Association’s mission of helping deserving young people pursue their collegiate goals.

For a complete list of the 2018 Horatio Alger William J. Doré Scholars, please click here.

For more information about Horatio Alger Association, please visit www.horatioalger.org or follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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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 $12 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 $143 million in college scholarships to more than 25,000 deserving young people. For more information, please visit www.horatioalger.org.

Our Members

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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The Association administers more than 70 undergraduate and graduate need-based scholarship programs.

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