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Football Legend Roger Staubach Honored
by the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans
Five Texas High School Scholars also Recognized
during 60th Anniversary Celebration
Washington, DC – (February 27, 2007) – The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans announced that Roger T. Staubach, Chairman and CEO of The Staubach Company, will be presented with the Horatio Alger Award, and inducted as a lifetime member of the Association at its 60th anniversary celebration in Washington, D.C. in April.
The Association is equally proud to announce five student scholars from Texas will join Staubach in Washington this spring and will be honored as Horatio Alger National Scholars. Horatio Alger scholarship recipients are students who have excelled in education and have overcome adversity. This year’s scholarship recipients from Texas include: Stacy R. Hammer from Tuscola, Kami N. Puckett from Tyler, Meghan M. Ridley from San Antonio, Ederick T. Rodriguez from Azle, and Antoine T. Stoval from Houston.
"The 60th anniversary is a time to reflect on six decades of exceptional American achievements,” said Horatio Alger Association President and CEO and ARAMARK Corporation Chairman and CEO, Joseph Neubauer. We look forward to celebrating the successes of the outstanding individuals who will be inducted as Members, and the National Scholars who represent our nation’s most ambitious youth.”
The 60th Annual Horatio Alger Awards events will take place in Washington, D.C. on April 12-14, 2007 to honor and induct the Horatio Alger Award recipients. During the events, the Horatio Alger Award winners will meet with 105 high school seniors from around the nation who were selected to receive Horatio Alger National Scholarships, each valued at $20,000. The total amount of college scholarships awarded is more than $12 million – an Association milestone.
The events provide an opportunity for some of the nation’s most impressive and determined young people to learn firsthand about the philosophies and experiences that helped the 2007 Horatio Alger Award recipients surmount significant obstacles to achieve successful lives.
The other new members being inducted in April are Craig R. Barrett, chairman of the board for Intel Corporation; Thomas “Tom” J. Brokaw, former anchor and managing editor of the NBC Nightly News; Jenny and Sid Craig, co-founders of Jenny Craig International; Craig Hall, chairman and founder of Hall Financial Group; Clarence Otis, Jr., chairman and CEO of Darden Restaurants; Richard M. Rosenberg, chairman and CEO of Bank of America (retired); David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and managing director of The Carlyle Group; Howard Schultz, chairman of Starbucks Coffee Company; and Chris Thomas Sullivan, founder and chairman of OSI Restaurant Partners, Inc.
In preparation for the spring awards, Staubach offered a few words of advice for the Texas high school recipients of the Horatio Alger Scholarship. He said: “It seems like only yesterday I was in your shoes, looking at my own future. The sky’s the limit -- miracles can happen in your lives, given the right opportunities. You just need to utilize the skills and abilities you have to the fullest. Remember, there's not much traffic on life's extra mile.”
From professional sports to the business world, Staubach has been recognized many times for his lifetime endeavors. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio to working-class parents, Staubach was an excellent athlete in high school, which helped him earn an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Staubach was awarded the prestigious Heisman Trophy during his junior year at Navy.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in engineering, Staubach was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys, but postponed his football career to fulfill his four-year commitment to the Navy, including a tour in Vietnam. He joined the Dallas Cowboys as a 27-year-old rookie and led the team to four Super Bowls, winning two. He was named to six Pro Bowls, was the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl VI, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.
During the off-season while playing for the Cowboys, Staubach worked seven years for the Henry S. Miller Company commercial real estate firm in Dallas. He started his own company two years before retiring from professional football. Today, The Staubach Company is a leading global real estate advisory firm, with 68 offices and more than 1,400 employees in the Americas. The company also has a global partnership, DTZ Staubach Tie Leung, which has almost 12,000 professionals delivering real estate services and solutions to multinational clients. Staubach is a member of the Texas Business Hall of Fame and continues to be recognized for entrepreneurial excellence.
Staubach currently serves on the board of directors of AMR Corporation. He remains involved with The Children’s Cancer Fund, the United States Naval Academy Foundation and many other civic, charitable, and professional organizations.
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 300 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 or to find out more about the 2007 Washington events, please call (703) 684-9444 or visit www.horatioalger.org.
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