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Carrie Blewitt (703) 744-7816
THE 60TH ANNUAL HORATIO ALGER AWARDS TO AIR IN TWENTY TV MARKETS ON THE COMCAST NETWORK ON MAY 27
Broadcast to Showcase Washington, D.C. Events Honoring High School Scholars and New Inductees Including Tom Brokaw, Jenny Craig, Roger Staubach & Howard Schultz
Washington, D.C. (May 14, 2007) – The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans is proud to announce that the 2007 Horatio Alger Award recipients and the high school seniors selected as 2007 Horatio Alger National Scholars will be featured in a special broadcast airing Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. on CN8, the Comcast Network. "The 60th Annual Horatio Alger Awards” will feature coverage of the events held last month in Washington, D.C.
The broadcast will feature the events that honored the lives and success stories of those who have overcome adversity to achieve success, including 11 business executives and 105 teenage scholars seeking a brighter future. The celebrations transpired on April 12-14, 2007 in several historical Washington, D.C. venues as part of the Association’s 60th anniversary. Each honoree was formally inducted as a lifetime Member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans at the DAR Constitution on April 13. Association Members Ed McMahon and Lou Dobbs served as emcees during the ceremony.
"We are so pleased that we will be able to share this wonderful experience with the American public, who surely will be touched by the epic achievements of both the new Members and the National Scholars,” said Horatio Alger Association Executive Director, Terrence J. Giroux. "There is no way to truly calculate the importance of education, in particular for those who are not blessed with the advantages that so many of us in this country share. We are proud that we can offer this opportunity to such bright, determined and talented students.”
"This promises to be an inspiring evening of television as we highlight some of the country’s most impressive entrepreneurial success stories,” said Jon Gorchow, vice president and general manager, CN8, The Comcast Network.
The Horatio Alger Awards are given to those who have overcome hardship to achieve great success through the American free enterprise system. The 2007 Horatio Alger Award recipients include: Craig Barrett, chairman of the board, Intel Corporation; Tom Brokaw, former anchor and managing editor, NBC Nightly News; Jenny and Sid Craig, co-founders, Jenny Craig International; Craig Hall, chairman and founder, Hall Financial Group; Clarence Otis, Jr., chairman and CEO, Darden Restaurants; Richard Rosenberg, chairman and CEO (retired), Bank of America; David Rubenstein, co-founder and managing director, The Carlyle Group; Howard Schultz, chairman, Starbucks Coffee Company; Roger Staubach, chairman and CEO, The Staubach Company; and Chris Thomas Sullivan, founder and chairman, OSI Restaurant Partners, Inc. Biographical information about the Horatio Alger Members is available at www.horatioalger.org.
The Horatio Alger Awards also present the compelling stories of 105 high school seniors who have overcome much misfortune in their lives while maintaining their grades in school and staying active in the community. Each student receives the Horatio Alger National Scholarship worth $20,000. The Association provides over $12.5 million in scholarships annually through programs.
About The Horatio Alger Association
Founded in 1947, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans continues to fulfill its mission of honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals in our society who have succeeded in spite of adversity and of encouraging young people to pursue their dreams through higher education. Among the Association’s 600 members are well-known Americans including the noted poet Maya Angelou, author and broadcaster Lou Dobbs, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and television personality Oprah Winfrey.
The Horatio Alger Association offers three annual scholarship programs: the National Scholarship Program for high school seniors, various state scholarship programs and the Horatio Alger Military Veterans Scholarship Program for U.S. veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. Award winners receive financial aid counseling and internship placement assistance. For more information about the scholarships, please call (703) 684-9444 or visit www.horatioalger.org
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