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Horatio Alger Scholarship 2020
The Horatio Alger Scholarship 2020 is awarded to promising young people from low-income families, allowing them to pursue their dreams through higher education.
One of the largest need-based college scholarship programs in the U.S., the Horatio Alger Scholarship Program was founded in 1984 and has awarded $180 million in scholarships since then.
In 2019 alone, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Program granted $21 million to 2,500 students exhibiting determination, integrity, and perseverance while overcoming obstacles and facing financial need.
Making a huge difference in the life of low-income students, the Horatio Alger Scholarship supports over 5,000 students attending more than 900 different universities.
Even more impressive, the graduation rate of National Scholars (the program’s highest honor) is 76%—a monumental achievement when you consider that the national graduation rate for low-income students is 20%.
Who is Horatio Alger
The scholarship’s namesake, Horatio Alger, Jr., was a renowned 19th-century author who is best known for his young adult books.
Throughout his work, a common motif is a young boy who overcomes poverty through hard work and a can-do spirit—a subject modeled after the adversity he faced in his own life.
Today, the Horatio Alger Scholarship honors students who exemplify the characteristics of Alger’s protagonists, and assists them in achieving their dreams regardless of their circumstances.
Who is Eligible for the Horatio Alger Scholarship?
The Horatio Alger National Scholarship awards $25,000 to 106 qualifying students in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
Winners of the scholarship are also given an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in the spring of their senior year to participate in the National Scholars Conference (attendance is required to receive the award).
To qualify for the Horatio Alger National Scholarship, you must meet these requirements:
- Enrolled as a full-time high school senior in the US and progressing normally toward graduation with plans to enter college in the US no later than the fall following graduation
- Demonstrate a commitment to pursuing and completing a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the US (recipients may begin their college careers at a two-year institution and transfer to a four-year school to complete their studies)
- Exhibit a critical financial need—$55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required
- Involved in co-curricular and community service activities
- Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0
- Possess United States citizenship