Contact: Horatio Alger Association
Life's Hardships Yield Special Scholarships
For 32 Iowa High School Seniors
June 1, 2006/Washington, D.C. - Poverty, disability, foster care, parental substance abuse, and physical abuse are among the adversities that could not prevent one hundred outstanding high school seniors from throughout Iowa from wanting to live out their American dream and have more for themselves. Each is now the recipient of a 2006 Horatio Alger Iowa Scholarship of two thousand five hundred dollars for their college education. (A complete list of the 2006 Horatio Alger Iowa Scholars immediately follows this release).
All of the 2005 Horatio Alger Iowa Scholars have demonstrated success in academics, co-curricular activities and community service while taking on some of life's most difficult challenges. Each of these young people possess the aspirations and potential to make important contributions in Iowa and throughout the world. The scholarship may be used to attend the University of Iowa or a community college within Iowa for students who will begin their studies there before transferring to the University of Iowa.
The Horatio Alger Iowa Scholars Program is made possible through the generosity of John Pappajohn, President of Equity Dynamics, Marvin A. Pomerantz, Chairman & CEO of Mid America Group Ltd., and Henry B. Tippie, Chairman of the Board for Dover Motorsports Inc. and Dover Gaming & Entertainment Inc. All three gentlemen are members of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans Inc, an organization comprised of Americans who have overcome adversity and humble beginnings to achieve success.
"No child should be denied access to a higher education because of financial need. This program will provide the incredible young people here in Iowa with the opportunity to achieve their goals by making a college education attainable for them", states Horatio Alger President & CEO Joseph Neubauer. Since 1984 the Horatio Alger Association's need based scholarship programs have helped hundreds of deserving students across the nation pursue their dreams of a post secondary education through their unique scholarships that recognize the circumstances and hardships of students as well as their achievements. Mr. Neubauer continues, "The Horatio Alger Association's experience working with students of limited financial means who want to obtain a college education is unmatched."
The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans is a nonprofit educational association. Through the generosity of its members, more than $8.5 million in need-based college scholarships will be awarded this year to young people nationwide. For more information about the Association's scholarships and programs please visit www.horatioalger.org.
Applications for consideration as a 2007 Horatio Alger Iowa Scholar are available June 1 through October 15, 2006 at www.horatioalger.org/scholarships.
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