Press Release

Over 200 Exceptional Students Awarded 2020 Horatio Alger Specialized Scholarships

November 19, 2020 

Carly Buggy
484-385-2934 (office)

Over 200 Exceptional Students Awarded  2020 Horatio Alger Specialized Scholarships  

 The Horatio Alger Association provides nearly $4.4 million in Specialized Scholarships to promising students through the generosity of its Members  

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 19, 2020) – 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 over 200 students from across the nation will receive Specialized Scholarships funded through the generosity of Horatio Alger Members. These scholarships recognize remarkable students whare overcoming great personal adversity and show an unwavering commitment to pursue their dreams through higher education.  

Through the Specialized Scholarship program, Horatio Alger Members fund a series of scholarships which target students attending specific academic institutions or pursuing certain degree programs. 2020 Horatio Alger Scholars come from households with an average annual income of $22,783 and maintain an average GPA of 3.71. They are awarded between $10,000 and $52,000 to apply toward the educational costs of their college or university and will have access to a variety of Association-provided resources including counseling and referral services, career exploration opportunities and Alumni connections.  

The 2020 Horatio Alger Specialized Scholars are a remarkable group of individuals who have remained dedicated to furthering their education while facing significant personal challenges,” said James F. Dicke II, president, Horatio Alger Association and 2015 Horatio Alger Award recipient. “Our Scholars demonstrate integrity and perseverance in all they do, and we are proud to support them throughout college and beyond.”  

Specialized Scholarships are funded through the generosity of the following individualsinstitutions and organizations:

  • Boise State (5 awards at $10,000 each)Funded by Horatio Alger Member Robert G. Miller, Retired Chairman and CEO of Albertsons Companies, Inc., and awarded to residents of Idaho who are entering their sophomore year at Boise State University 
  • Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation (5 awards at $52,000 each): Funded by the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation and awarded to current high school seniors who are entering their freshman year at the College of Idaho 
  • Denny Sanford (197 awardsamount varies by university): Funded by Horatio Alger Member Denny Sanford, owner and founder of First Premier Bankand awarded to high school seniors planning to attend Arizona State University (Up to 25 awards at $10,000 each); Augustana University (Sioux Falls, SD) (Approximately 6 awards at $25,000 each)Black Hills State University (Approximately 15 awards at $10,000 each)Dakota State University (Up to 15 awards at $10,000 each)Long Island University (Approximately 10 awards at $25,000 each)National University (San Diego, CA) (Approximately 10 awards at $25,000 each)Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale, FL) (Up to 10 awards at $10,000 each)South Dakota School of Mines (Up to 15 awards at $10,000 each)South Dakota State University (Up to 25 awards at $10,000 each)University of California at San Diego (Up to 10 awards at $25,000 each)University of Minnesota (Up to 25 awards at $10,000 each)University of Sioux Falls (Up to 6 awards at $25,000 each)and University of South Dakota (Up to 25 awards at $10,000 each) 
  • High Point University (2 awards at $20,000 each): Funded by Horatio Alger Member Nido R. Qubein, President of High Point University, and awarded to current high school seniors entering their freshman year at High Point University 
  • The Hormel Foundation (Up to 5 awards at $20,000 each)Funded by the Hormel Foundation and awarded to high school seniors at Austin High School 
  • Idaho State University (Up to 2 awards at $10,000 each): Funded by Horatio Alger Member Robert Miller, CEO of Albertsons Companies, Inc., and awarded to Idaho residents entering their sophomore year at Idaho State University 
  • Janet S. Dicke (1 award at $25,000): Funded by Horatio Alger Member James F. Dicke II, Chairman-CEO of Crown Equipment Corporation, and awarded to a high school senior planning to pursue a degree at Trinity University (TX) 
  • Joe Robert (Up to 4 awards at $10,000 each)Awarded to students attending an Archdiocese of Washington high school 
  • Melvyn N. Klein (Up to 5 awards at $10,000 each): Funded by Horatio Alger Member Mel Klein, founder of Melvyn N. Klein Interests, and awarded to high school seniorplanning to pursue a degree at Colgate University, Columbia University, Stanford University or Tulane University 
  • Patrick P. Lee (8 awards at $10,000 each)Awarded to a Horatio Alger Scholar going into their junior year pursuing a degree/career in mental health support or engineering 
  • Santa Clara-Schott Family (3 awards at $50,000 each; amount matched by school): Funded by Horatio Alger Member Stephen Schott, owner and CEO of S.C.S Development Co. / Award Homes, and awarded to high school seniors planning to attend Santa Clara University 
  • Tandon STEM (Up to 9 awards at $20,000 each)Awarded to students pursuing engineering at New York University and accepted into the Tandon Global Scholars program 
  • Tessler Family (2 awards at $25,000 each): Awarded to students who are part of the Whitney Museum Youth Insights internship program 
  • Trott Family (5 awards at $30,000 each): Funded by Horatio Alger Member Byron Trott, Chairman and CEO of BDT & Company, and awarded to high school seniors planning to attend Ohio State University 
  • Vance Cryer Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (1 award at $10,000)Funded in partnership with the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and awarded to a student whose parent served in the Marine Corps 

“Our Horatio Alger Members are dedicated to providing young people the resources needed to overcome adversity and obtain a college degree,” said Terrence J. Giroux, executive director, Horatio Alger Association. “We admire their commitment and are grateful for their ongoing support of our mission.”  

Since the establishment of the Horatio Alger Association’s 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 $193 million in undergraduate, graduate and specialized scholarships. In 2020, the Association awarded more than $21 million in scholarships. 

For more information about the Horatio Alger Association and to see a full listing of its 2020 Specialized Scholars, please click here. Follow the organization on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.  


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 2020, the Association awarded more than $21 million in undergraduate and graduate need-based scholarships to 2,500 students across the United States and Canada, and provided college support and mentoring services to its Scholars. Since 1984, the Association has awarded more than $193 million in undergraduate, graduate, military veteran and career and technical education scholarships to more than 25,000 deserving students. For more information, please visit  

2020 Horatio Alger Specialized Scholars 

Boise State ScholarsJordyn Croft-Goeken, Heidi Groves, Eduardo Hernandez, Zephania Mireles, Eric Storch 

Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation Scholars: Sandra Arredondo, Baylee Davis, Norman Gonzalez, Elisha Hatch, Jamie Spence 

Denny Sanford – Arizona State University Scholars: Eduardo Aguilar Beltran, Asia Bach, Denisse Camacho,Anyang Celbirio,Shefali ChandraMagnolia Cruz SuhulAubrey HalversonAlexa JohnsonErika LunaAlexis MarinIsabella MarreroSonny MolinarRoselin MyintPhilana NguyenDaisy OrtegaMadison PeralesDiana SalhaDerek SanchezFanny Sanchez VillarrealDelaney Snyder, Maria Vargas MoralesGeneva Vu 

Denny Sanford – Augustana University ScholarsDalwa Alinizi, Raina Bolduc, Alexis ClemonShelby FrayAllison JohnsonJennifer LeonRocio Leon, Alexandria RobinsonSamantha Skarstad, Carlie TerrallMcKenzie Young  

Denny Sanford – Black Hills State University ScholarsCassidy Allen, Hunter Anderson, Emma AveryJade CarrollAlexis ChervenyAlexis CrowDaniel EgemoSage FalkJoseph FassoRaine FlickJoella FowlerJayson HancockKaty HutchinsRachel LarcherFaith NasoGabriel NelsonNick PixlerIsabella RodriguezDaniel SchillingTaryn StedillieCoralee SwanGabryelle Wieme 

Denny Sanford – Dakota State University Scholars: Megan Beyer, Jade Burma, Daniel Eager, Michael Finn, Jacquelyn Folkers, Kathryn Goss, Grace Latimer, Cameron Maynard, Garrett Mogck, Cyrene PaulsenTrent RaysbyDestiny ThunderJoshua Van BeekTravis Ziegler 

Denny Sanford – Long Island University Scholars: Ashanti Abraham, Etsy Blas, Giovanna Brafmann, Edwin Buhler, Jeremiah Burch, Sarahi Castro, Joseph Griggs, Amaya HenryTyrisse HymanGabriella MinginEric MirandaEmily MoneyFaith MorganAfrida RahmanMaryam TariqBrian Walker 

Denny Sanford – National University ScholarsCaitlin Alva, Cathy Camarero, Edward Furlan, Alfredo Gonzalez, Demetria GrayHannah KushnerAmber LewisJacquelyn MajorCassidy PembertonKassie SpeelmonAshtin Webb 

Denny Sanford – Nova Southeastern University Scholars: Genesis Castro Agosto, Gisel Egeraige, Mia Marques 

Denny Sanford – South Dakota School of Mines ScholarsAmanda Cooley, Zachariah Hayward, Blake Madison 

Denny Sanford – South Dakota State University ScholarsCiena Addison, Cheyloh Brockel, Abigail Buchmann, Elizabeth DeBoerJocelyn HamiltonJada PlastowAmanda ReffOlivia SchanzebachLeo StefflMontana Stirling

Denny Sanford – University of California at San Diego ScholarsDylan Booher, Henna Malikyar, Lana Murray, PeytonOcallaghan, Daniella Perez, Esppy Rodriguez, Stephanie Tran 

Denny Sanford – University of Minnesota-Twin Cities ScholarsEzra Albright, Zoe Baker, Sam Bakri, Meti Burussie, Jesus Cazares-Reyes, Fatima Garza-Ramon, Viktor Grin, Ava Howard, Yahye HussienJaxon KrogerMuna MusseVivian PhamTalia RoitburdAren SteeverMitchell ToftMaggie WangMichael WosenyelehChittra XiongChutima XiongKa XiongMai YangSeng YangKaylie Youngberg 

Denny Sanford – University of Sioux Falls Scholars: Mckenna Comstock, Chloe Ferguson, Kayla Schleppenbach, Addison ThieParis Whalen 

Denny Sanford – University of South Dakota ScholarsSussely Avila, Kayla Aymar, Lily DuBray, Jaquelin Escalante, Blake Farstveet, Mariah Friedrichsen, Kristina GlazierRose GrabowKaytlyn HilligasCiera HimesShawntel HohnThomas HoneywellCarly KunkelMaicee LanphearNtombi Ngeleka, Elizabeth RichardsonHenry RothRacheal SchmittKizmin SellLilian ShariAnnie Tran 

High Point University Scholars: Kaitlyn Cruz, Jacob Dillman 

Hormel Scholars: Dominic Apolo, Bradley FarrErica LundbergKu Reh 

Idaho State University Scholar: Erick Nunez 

Janet S. Dicke Scholar: Macey Chandler 

Joe Robert Scholars: Sophia Forrester, Ruth Hailu, Jamell Overton 

Melvyn N. Klein Scholars: Carlos Carrete, Emily Rinehart, Melanie Rodriguez 

Patrick P. Lee Scholars: Monica Aros, Elizabeth Bernier, Monica Hines, Mckayla KurtzJoseph MartiniJaquan StarlingDestiny VenableRachel Violette 

Santa Clara University – Schott Family Scholars: Lauryn Ige, Lesley Sabas Ruano, Gillian Tran 

Tandon STEM ScholarsGiancarlos Cabrera, Rana Mohamed, Joshua Quatela 

Tessler Family ScholarsMarwa Ibrahim, Laura Rendon Albarracin 

Trott Family ScholarsGracyn Baxter, Roxanna Beers, Nathaniel Shields, Hannah TuttleVictoria Wertz 

Vance Cryer Scholar: Mara Galeai 

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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Our Scholarship Programs

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

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