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Four Minnesota Students Awarded Prestigious Horatio Alger State Scholarship
Richard L. Knowlton of the Hormel Foundation Provides $20,000 Scholarships to Teens for Overcoming Adversity
Washington, D.C. (May 29, 2008) – The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans is pleased to announce that it has awarded four scholarships to deserving high school students in Minnesota. Each scholar will receive $20,000 to fund their college education. The state honorees were selected for the Horatio Alger State Scholarship Program because they have made academics a priority while facing and overcoming great obstacles in their young lives.
Horatio Alger Association Immediate Past Chairman Dennis R. Washington said, “We are proud to present this award to the students of Minnesota who have demonstrated integrity and determination despite significant challenges. We envision great futures for these teens.”
The State Scholarship Programs are sponsored by Horatio Alger Members and friends of the Association. In 2008, the program awarded more than 900 scholarships to students throughout the country.
The Hormel scholarships are made possible byRichard L. Knowlton, former Chairman of the Horatio Alger Association and founder of the Hormel Foundation.
“With the help of Richard L. Knowlton, more young people will have a real chance at success beginning with a higher education,” Washington added.
Th Horatio Alger Scholars are provided with numerous resources to help them succeed while they are in college. Each student receives:
- Financial aid guidance to assist in selection of and preparation for college.
- Access to the Association’s Web site where students can create online profiles, search for fellow scholars, update their personal information, submit disbursement requests, and direct questions to the Association.
- Access to a toll-free information line to speak to program coordinators for assistance with questions about their scholarships and other educational programs.
The 2008 Hormel scholarship recipients are Vanessa Leon, Autumn C. Olsen, Rochelle J. Perleberg and Conner L. Surdy, all of Austin High School in Austin.
Scholars are encouraged to remain connected with the Association throughout their lifetime.
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. The Horatio Alger Association offers three annual scholarship programs: the National Scholarship Program and state scholarship programs available to high school seniors in all 50 states, and the Horatio Alger Military Veterans Scholarship Program for U.S. veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. The Association awards more than $12 million annually in college scholarships and has given over $62 million to deserving students since 1984. For more information about the scholarships, please visit www.horatioalger.org.
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