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Local Student Awarded Post-Graduate Scholarship of $60,000
Joshua Steven Eddy Will Pursue a Doctorate with Scholarship Assistance
WASHINGTON, August 28, 2009 – The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans is proud to announce that Joshua “Josh” Steven Eddy of Los Angeles, California, has been awarded the Dennis Washington Achievement Scholarship to assist in funding his post-graduate education. Josh will receive a total of $60,000 from the scholarship program.
Josh was eligible for this scholarship because he is a 2003 alumnus of the Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program — an award given to high school seniors who overcame adversity and life challenges while excelling in academics and contributing to their communities. The Dennis Washington Achievement Scholarship is awarded to those who seek graduate and doctoral degrees and is made possible by a $10 million grant from chairman emeritus and Horatio Alger member Dennis R. Washington, and his wife, Phyllis.
Josh’s father died when he was only 4 years old and shortly after, his mother was diagnosed with cancer. The incurred medical expenses caused financial difficulties for the family, which were made worse when they lost their home to an earthquake, forcing them to relocate to Wisconsin. As a teenager, Josh was diagnosed with kidney disease. Throughout all of these challenges, Josh found solace in education and music and he believes it kept him moving forward. Today, Josh is a graduate of Belmont University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in music business and a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance. With the help of the Dennis Washington Achievement Scholarship, Josh will pursue a law degree and a master’s degree in business administration at the University of California, Los Angles.
“The Horatio Alger Association is life changing,” said Josh Steven Eddy. “The financial assistance the association provides is wonderful, but it is just the tip of the iceberg of resources and support they offer.”
“Josh sets an excellent example of lifelong learning and personal growth despite obstacles, and we are proud to support him in the next chapter of his academic career,” said David L. Sokol, president and CEO of the Horatio Alger Association. “The association is especially grateful for the many contributions of Dennis and Phyllis Washington and their dedication to offering students a brighter future through higher education.”
Washington, founder of the Washington Companies, has his own Horatio Alger story of inspiration and success. Overcoming childhood adversity and a bout with polio, Washington’s work ethic and unwavering motivation helped him to become vice president of the largest construction company in Montana by age 26, and he later created his own construction company, which would grow to be one of the largest in the nation.
“The greatest long-term benefit to society is realized by uplifting individuals, and providing this educational opportunity will help Josh realize his dreams,” stated Dennis and Phyllis Washington.
Four other individuals were awarded the scholarship in 2009: Ashley R. Orr; Benny L. Cooper; David Mou; and Joel D. Stroot.
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, state scholarship programs, and graduate grants. The association awards nearly $7 million annually in college scholarships and has given more than $65 million to deserving students since 1984. The association is a 2008-2009 Combined Federal Campaign participant; # 77062. For more information, please visit www.horatioalger.org.