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Horatio Alger Association Announces Scholarships for Archdiocese of Washington Students
Organizations Collaborate to Increase Need-Based College Scholarships to Washington D.C. Metro Area
WASHINGTON, October 28, 2010 – The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. is announcing a new scholarship program for the Archdiocese of Washington that will provide a minimum of 15 new scholarships, worth $5,000 each, to high school seniors who are attending any Catholic high school in the archdiocese and who plan to start college in the fall of 2011. Archdiocese of Washington applicants will also be considered eligible for the three $20,000 Horatio Alger National Scholarships available to all applicants from Maryland and the District of Columbia.
The new scholarships are for low income students who do not have the necessary means to attend college, have suffered adversity and yet continue to persevere in their pursuit of higher education.
“We are proud to collaborate with the Archdiocese of Washington to increase the number of college scholarships we provide for at-risk students in the Washington, D.C. area,” said Terrence J. Giroux, executive director of the Horatio Alger Association.
“Our students have high hopes for a college education. Now, this scholarship opportunity puts that goal in reach for them,” said Bert L’Homme, Ph.D., superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Washington.
Archdiocese of Washington students are encouraged to visit www.horatioalger.org/scholarships to determine eligibility and to apply for a college scholarship. The application deadline for Archdiocesan students is November 15, 2010.
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 will have awarded more than $87 million in scholarships through 2012 to at-risk students determined to earn college degrees. The association is a Combined Federal Campaign participant; # 77062. For more information, please visit www.horatioalger.org.
About the Archdiocese of Washington
Today, the Archdiocese of Washington is home to 580,000 Catholics. The 98 Catholic schools educate nearly 30,000 children while service agencies, including Catholic Charities and Victory Housing, have made the Archdiocese one of the largest private social service providers in the region. Every year, thousands of people receive counseling, shelter, adoption and foster care assistance, health care, immigration and legal aid, affordable housing and more through the care of archdiocesan staff and volunteers. New immigrants find assistance at the many archdiocesan ministries serving our diverse community, including the Spanish Catholic Center.