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Eight Oklahoma high school seniors receive Horatio Alger State Scholarship
American Electric Power Foundation provides $40,000 to deserving local students
April 25, 2012, WASHINGTON, D.C. -The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans is honored to announce the winners of the Horatio Alger Oklahoma State Scholarship sponsored by the American Electric Power Foundation. The Horatio Alger State Scholars are chosen based on their demonstrated commitment to education, their dedication to community service, and strength of character in overcoming personal obstacles to achieve academic excellence.
“We are truly honored to offer these deserving students the opportunity to pursue a college education,” said Tony Novelly, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Horatio Alger Association, “We know that they will carry on the Horatio Alger values of perseverance and courage in the face of adversity as they continue with their education and pursue careers.”
Each scholar will receive $5,000 that will go toward their college tuition fees, books, on-campus room and board, and other education-related expenses. In addition to the scholarship, the students will receive:
- Financial aid guidance to assist in the selection of and preparation for college.
- Access to the association’s website, 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 with program coordinators for assistance with questions about their scholarships and other educational programs.
The Horatio Alger Association’s scholarship programs are funded by its Members, friends of the organization, and other partnering foundations. Since 1985, the Association has provided $626,500 in scholarships to high school seniors from Oklahoma.
The 2012 Horatio Alger Oklahoma State Scholarship Recipients are:
- Harley N. Conley, Canadian High School, Checotah
- Crystal R. Davidson, Daniel Webster High School, Tulsa
- Jennifer L. Ellinger, Inola High School, Inola
- Kelsey Hicks, Altus High School, Altus
- Skyler N. Little, Okmulgee High School, Okmulgee
- Bryan R. Lynch, Quinton High School, Quinton
- Dillan T. Session, Altus High School, Altus
- Morgan D. Wells, Cheyenne High School, Durham
Founded in 1947, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans celebrates those individuals in our society whose determination and hard work enabled them to overcome life’s obstacles to achieve success. As a 501(c)(3) education non-profit, the Association provides scholarships and mentorship to high school seniors who have demonstrated courage in the face of adversity and an unwavering desire to pursue a higher education. The Horatio Alger Association has awarded more than $90 million in college scholarships since the inception of its scholarship programs in 1984. For more information, please visit www.horatioalger.org.
The American Electric Power Foundation is funded by American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) and its utility operating units. The Foundation provides a permanent, ongoing resource for charitable initiatives involving higher dollar values and multi-year commitments in the communities served by AEP and initiatives outside of AEP’s 11-state service area.
The Foundation’s areas of focus include special emphasis on improving lives through education from early childhood through higher education, protecting the environment, providing basic human services in the areas of hunger, housing, health and safety, and enriching life through art, music and cultural heritage.
The Foundation is based in Columbus, Ohio.