Horatio Alger Members In the News

Truett Cathy, Chick-fil-A Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Dies at Age 93

TruettCathy.com (Atlanta, GA)
September 08, 2014

In a message sent to employees today, Chick-fil-A® announced that its founder and chairman emeritus, S. Truett Cathy, died at 1:35 a.m. Monday at the age of 93. He died peacefully at home, surrounded by loved ones.

Chicken King, S. Truett Cathy, Founder of Chick-fil-A, Passes Away at the Age of 93

TPNN (Washington, DC)
September 08, 2014


S. Truett Cathy, 93, founder of Chick-fil-A, the most successful chicken restaurant chain in America, as measured by sales, passed away in his home surrounded by loved ones at 1:35 a.m. on Monday. 

Equality, Opportunity, and the American Dream

The National Journal (Washington, DC)
August 20, 2014

On a warm spring evening in Washington, D.C., a fleet of limousines and town cars delivered hundreds of guests, bedecked in black tie and long gowns, to a gala celebration of the American Dream: the annual awards night for the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.

Saving Horatio Alger: Equality, Opportunity, and the American Dream

The Brookings Essays (Washington, DC)
August 20, 2014

 Twelve new Members (11 men, one woman) were honored for having risen from childhood poverty to positions as captains of commerce or celebrated public servants. 

Adviser: Ben Carson Is ‘Very, Very Serious’ About Running For President

The Daily Caller (Washington, DC)
August 15, 2014

 Giles met Carson in 1994 when both were inducted in the Horatio Alger Association together. Carson featured Giles as one of the four life stories he tells in his 2000 book “The Big Picture”.


David Cote Turbocharges Honeywell's Performance

Investor's Business Daily (Los Angeles, CA)
August 11, 2014

"He's a visionary and exceptional leader," said David Sokol, chairman of the Horatio Alger Association, which inducted Cote last November into the organization, which encourages entrepreneurship.

Gustavus’ West Mall Named Annexstad Family Mall

Gustavus Adolphus College Blog (Saint Peter, MN)
June 26, 2014

In 2010, he was named as a Horatio Alger Award Winner.  Horatio Alger Award Winners are role models whose experiences exemplify that opportunities for a successful life are available to all individuals who are dedicated to the principles of integrity, hard work, perseverance, and compassion for others.

Why I believe the American Dream is still alive

June 23, 2014

Could we as a nation have lost touch with what makes us so distinctly “American?”

CASSIE MACDUFF: Maya Angelou was friend of Stater's CEO

The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA)
June 11, 2014

The two had remained close since 1992 when they were among 10 winners of that year’s awards from the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.

Area organizations honored by Hubbard Foundation

Ruidoso News (Ruidoso, New Mexico)
June 05, 2014

In April of this year in Washington DC, RD Hubbard was honored for his life of philanthropy with his induction into the 2014 class of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.

Dr. Ben Carson for President? (INTERVIEW)

Biography.com (New York, NY)
June 03, 2014

There are good people everywhere—teachers, neighbors. I belong to something called the Horatio Alger Society, which inducts about 12 people each year who came from the worst circumstances imaginable and rose to the top of whatever it is that they do.

Leading by Example - ACE Chairman Tom Mckernan recognized with Horatio Alger Award

AAA Interchange (Heathrow, FL)
June 01, 2014

Auto Club Enterprises Chairman Tom McKernan received one of the nation’s most well-know and prestigious philanthropic honors April 5 when he was presented the Horatio Alger Award in Washington, D.C.

The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever

NPR National Public Radio (Washington, DC)
May 19, 2014

David Cote ’76 UNH 2011 Commencement speech was named to PR’s list of Best Commencement Speeches, Ever: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brMxs-eP6_A

Folks You Should Know: Volunteer's Noel Reed named a 2014 Horatio Alger National Scholar

Times News (Kingsport, TN)
May 14, 2014

Reed, alongside the 105 other Horatio Alger National Scholarship winners for 2014, attended the National Scholars Conference in Washington, D.C., April 2-5.

AutoNation CEO Jackson and wife donate $3 million to nonprofits

Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
May 07, 2014

The Jacksons are donating $2 million to the Horatio Alger Association's scholarship fund, which helps low-income youth pursue college opportunities. Mike Jackson was inducted this year into the prestigious national association, which recognizes outstanding Americans who have overcome adversity.

Exuberant Ebby

The Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX)
May 07, 2014

Ebby Halliday celebrated her 103rd birthday Thursday night at an intimate fete in a pretty much gutted out building. Also in attendance was Colleen Barrett, president emeritus of Southwest Airlines, who also won the Horatio Alger with Ebby and Jim.

Sunday Interview with Dr. Robert Wright: 'God takes us where he wants us to go'

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (Columbus, GA)
April 26, 2014

 The 1955 Spencer High graduate moved from the segregated South to attend Ohio State University. The opportunity to become an optometrist did not exist for Wright and other blacks in the Jim Crow South.

Read more here: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2014/04/26/3075147/sunday-interview-with-dr-robert.html#storylink=cpy


Texas Bankers Hall of Fame names four honorees

The Huntsville Item (Huntsville, TX)
April 23, 2014

  The selection committee of the Texas Bankers Hall of Fame announced the selection of Tieman H. Dippel Jr., Tom C. Frost, Joseph M. Grant and Rogers Pope Sr. as this year’s honorees to be inducted Thursday in the Lowman Ballroom of Sam Houston State University.

Adversity the springboard to great achievement

Coeur d'Alene Press (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho)
April 20, 2014

 Each year, the Horatio Alger Association selects and honors approximately 10 individuals who have triumphed over adversity with the virtues of hard work, honesty, individual initiative, adherence to goals and community leadership.

Hubbard receives Horatio Alger Award

The Ruidoso News (Ruidoso, NM)
April 10, 2014

R.D. Hubbard, majority owner of Ruidoso Downs and Billy The Kid Casnio, was one of 12 American businessmen to be named a recipient of the prestigious Horatio Alger Award in ceremonies held Friday night in Washington, D.C.

Jerry Jones wins prestigious award

Cover32 (National)
April 09, 2014

To kick off a busy weekend that featured the Final Four at AT&T Stadium and an appearance at the Academy of Country Music Awards ceremony in Las Vegas, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans inducted Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones into their 2014 award class on Friday at their 67th annual meeting at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall in the nation’s capital.

Hubbard Receives Prestigious Horatio Alger Award Friday Night

Making the Difference Radio (Ruidoso Downs, NM)
April 05, 2014

 R.D. Hubbard, majority owner of Ruidoso Downs and Billy The Kid Casnio, was one of 12 American businessmen to be named a recipient of the prestigious Horatio Alger Award in ceremonies held Friday night in Washington, D.C.

AutoNation CEO heads to Washington for major honor

South Florida Business Journal (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
April 02, 2014

The Horatio Alger Award is going to twelve people this year, and the head of Fort Lauderdale’s biggest company is one of them.

Blyth Founder Receives Horatio Alger Association Honors

Direct Selling News (National)
March 20, 2014

The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans has named Blyth Founder Robert Goergen to its prestigious Class of 2014. 

Horatio Alger Association honors APi Group owner Lee Anderson Sr.

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal (Minneapolis, MN)
March 18, 2014

Lee Anderson Sr., owner and chairman of industrial and construction firm APi Group, Inc., will be inducted as a lifetime member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans next month.

AutoNation CEO honored for success

Automotive News (National)
March 17, 2014

 AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson's success story is being used as an example to inspire young people.  The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans is inducting Jackson and 11 other individuals as lifetime members in April. 

Greenwich executive honored by Horatio Alger Association

Connecticut Post (Bridgeport, CT)
March 17, 2014

Robert Blyth Goergen, a Greenwich entrepreneur and philanthropist behind the candle and home decor company Blyth, was named Monday as one of the 11 business and civic individuals who will be inducted as a member of the Horatio Alger Association. The organization annually honors people who have lived up to the Horatio Alger tenets of hard work and success. 

Patricia Herbold: Humble beginnings, exceptional life

The Seattle Times (Seattle, WA)
January 19, 2014

Ms. Patricia Herbold, the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Horatio Alger Award shares her story of overcoming adversity and never letting a single opportunity pass her by. She will be attending the 67th Horatio Alger Awards in Washington, DC to accept her award and to meet with the 2014 scholarship recipients.

Carson: Thinking for Ourselves, the rewards of independence and common sense are many

Washington Post (Washington, DC)
December 31, 2013

Ben S. Carson, a member of the Horatio Alger Association discusses in his article about how he and fellow members of the Horatio Alger Association were considered different from their peers while growing up, and how each member of the association has faced difficult circumstances and went on to become accomplished individuals.

Squawk Box CEO morning call with Mike Jackson, Chairman and CEO, AutoNation, Inc.

CNBC Squawk Box (pre-market news and morning program) 
December 04, 2013

Mike Jackson, 2014 Horatio Alger Award Recipient talks with CNBC's "Squawk Box" Joe Kernen, co-anchor. Mr. Jackson discusses the award, the scholarship program and the induction ceremonies in April.

Lee R. Anderson to receive Horatio Alger Award

Duluth News Tribune.com (Duluth, MN)
December 02, 2013

Lee R. Anderson has been selected to receive the prestigious Horatio Alger Award, which is presented to a handful of business and civic leaders in the country each year.

Jerry Jones Nominated For Horatio Alger Award

The Landry Hat (Dallas, TX)
November 29, 2013

"I have had many thrills in my life, but to be inducted into Horatio Alger Association . . . is both gratifying and humbling. I look forward to representing the Association as proudly and as passionately as I represent the Dallas Cowboys," Jones said in a press release Monday.

Lowering the dropout rate is crucial to Quebec's future

The Gazette – montrealgazette.com  (Montreal, Quebec)
November 22, 2013

A scholarship program for high school students run by the Horatio Alger Association of Canada is named after former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. "May all of us who love this province, its land and its people resolve to work together to foster a culture that inspires more students to graduate."

Curator receives distinguished honor

Columbia Daily Tribune (Columbia, MO)
November 20, 2013

David Steward, co-founder and chairman of World Wide Technology Inc. and a member of the University of Missouri Board of Curators, will be inducted next spring as a member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc.

Auto Club Chairman Gets Horatio Alger Award

Orange County Business Journal (Irvine, CA)
November 19, 2013

Automobile Club of Southern California Chairman Thomas McKernan has been selected to receive the Horatio Alger Award.

McKernan, who will be honored with 11 others in April, served as the chief executive of the Auto Club for 21 years before retiring last year. The Auto Club has its core operations in Costa Mesa, while its on-the-books headquarters is in Los Angeles.

R.D. Hubbard's commitment to education honored

Ruidoso-News (Ruidoso, NM)
November 19, 2013

The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education, recently announced that R. D. Hubbard, owner of the Ruidoso Downs Race Track, will be inducted as a member next spring.

Kansas native Randall Dee Hubbard to receive Horatio Alger award

The Wichita Eagle Kansas.com (Wichita, KS)
November 19, 2013

Randall Dee Hubbard, who owned Safelite Auto Glass in Wichita before moving on to own and run larger companies and horse-racing tracks, has been selected as one of the 2014 winners of the Horatio Alger Award.

David Steward named Horatio Alger Award recipient

St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, MO)
November 19, 2013

World Wide Technology Chairman David Steward is among the recipients of the 2014 Horatio Alger Awards. The award, given annually by the nonprofit Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, recognizes those who have triumphed over personal challenges to achieve success in their fields.

Jerry Jones Honored With Horatio Alger Award

Blue Star 5 NBCDFW.com (Dallas, TX)
November 18, 2013

Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones has been named as one of 12 business and civic leaders to be honored with the Horatio Alger Award this year, which is given to those leaders "who have demonstrated courage, fortitude and character in pursuing personal and professional success despite significant personal adversity" by the Horatio Alger Association.

Trammel Crow's Terwilliger to receive Horatio Alger Award

ajc.com The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Atlanta, GA)
November 18, 2013

Atlanta businessman and philanthropist J. Ronald Terwilliger, chairman emeritus of Trammell Crow Residential Co., has been selected to receive a Horatio Alger Awards.

AutoNation CEO Jackson wins Horatio Alger award

SunSentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
November 18, 2013

Mike Jackson, the former auto mechanic who built Fort Lauderdale-based AutoNation into the country's largest vehicle retailer, has won a prestigious Horatio Alger award.

Honeywell CEO chosen to join Horatio Alger Association

NJ.com True Jersey (Morristown, NJ)
November 18, 2013

Horatio Alger's tales of young adults overcoming adversity through perseverance and education inspired generations. Honeywell's chairman and chief executive officer, David Cote, hopes his story will be inspiring as well.

Canada's top oil entrepreneur joins Wayne Gretzky, Brian Mulroney and Prem Watsa as winner of prestigious international award

Financial Post (Calgary, British Columbia)
November 18, 2013

For achieving so much from modest beginnings, Edwards has won the International Horatio Alger Award, presented annually to an individual from Canada who has persevered through adversity to become a successful entrepreneur or community leader.

NH native Cote to receive Horatio Alger Award

New Hampshire Union Leader (Manchester, NH)
November 17, 2013

"Dave Cote's unique background reflects his willingness to work hard and courage to travel a different path to success," said Tony Novelly, the association's president and CEO and 2000 Horatio Alger Award recipient, in a statement.

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas visits University of Portland

The Oregonian (Portland, OR)
September 19, 2013

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas rarely visits the West Coast. He made the journey to the University of Portland, where he spoke Thursday, because he made a promise to E. William Beauchamp, the Catholic school's president.

Southwestern Medical Foundation names 12 new trustees

Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX)
August 01, 2013

Howard M. Meyers is chairman of Quexco Inc., a private company that operates smelters/refineries, mining operations and raw material supply businesses. He serves on the boards of the Horatio Alger Association and UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Matthew K. Rose is chairman and CEO of BNSF Railway Co. and is on the boards of AT&T Inc., the Association of American Railroads, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Boy Scouts of America.

Dallas the place to go from rags to riches to Horatio Alger

Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX)
February 27, 2013

Dallas-Fort Worth knows what it takes to win the Horatio Alger Award. Jeff Rich, former chief executive of Affiliated Computer Services Inc., and Matt Rose, CEO of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp., are the two latest area executives to be named to the prestigious rags-to-riches list. D-FW has more Horatio Alger members, past and present, than any other metro area, followed by New York, Chicago and Miami/Fort Lauderdale.

Shlachter & Co.: BNSF chief executive to receive Horatio Alger Award

Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, TX)
February 18, 2013

Matthew Rose, chief executive at BNSF Railway, had a couple of big events last week. As a member of the board of directors at AMR Corp., he voted to approve the big merger between American Airlines and US Airways. And he was among 11 Americans named as this year's recipients of the Horatio Alger Award, given to individuals who overcame adversity or obstacles to become successful in business or as community leaders.

R.C. Slocum Named Recipient of the Horatio Alger Award

KBTX.com (Bryan/College Station, TX)
February 18, 2013

R. C. Slocum, one of the longest-serving and winningest football coaches in Texas A&M history and who continues to serve the university, has been named a recipient of the Horatio Alger Award for 2013. He and 10 other recipients of the award this year become lifelong members of the Horatio Alger Association and will serve as role models for the organization's scholarship recipients.

Business People, Awards and Achievements

News Record (Greensboro, NC)
February 03, 2013

Bonnie McElveen-Hunter is one of 11 individuals selected to receive the Horatio AlgerAssociation of Distinguished Americans' Horatio Alger Award in 2013. The award is presented each year to individuals who have overcome obstacles to become successful entrepreneurs or community leaders. McElveen-Hunter is the owner and chief executive officer of Pace Communications, the chairwoman of the American Red Cross and the former ambassador to Finland.


Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX)
January 31, 2013

Two North Texas executives will receive the Horatio Alger Award, which recognizes people who have overcome challenges to become entrepreneurs or community leaders. Jeffrey A. Rich is founder of Dallas-based private equity firm PlumTree Partners. Previously, he was chief executive of ACS, a business technology services company.  Matthew K. Rose is chairman and chief executive of BNSF Railway Co. in Fort Worth.
The award is given by the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans