Horatio Alger Association
The Horatio Alger Association is a membership-based organization whose mission is three-fold:
• To induct contemporary role models as Members of the Association whose experiences exemplify that opportunities for a successful life are available to all individuals who are dedicated to the principles of integrity, hard work, perseverance, and compassion for others.
• To provide scholarship assistance to deserving young people who have demonstrated integrity and determination in overcoming adversity in their lives and who have shown the academic potential and personal aspiration to make a unique contribution to society.
• To mentor Association scholarship recipients and educate youth about the limitless possibilities that are available through the American free enterprise–system, while underscoring the importance of service to others.
Since 1984 the Association has awarded over $100 million in scholarships to over 20,000 students. Annually over 1,000 scholarships are awarded in the United States and Canada.
The purpose of our educational programs is to help young people who have persevered with their studies even as they confront personal challenges. Horatio Alger Scholars know that higher education is the key to opportunities and a better future. In their determination to succeed, our Scholars are much like Horatio Alger Members—specially selected men and women who have triumphed over adverse circumstances to become leaders in their respective career fields.