Union student named Horatio Alger scholar

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. announced Wednesday that 556 students from across the nation will receive its prestigious 2016 Horatio Alger State and Specialized Scholarships,including a Sampson County Schools scholar.

Scholarships are awarded at $7,000 each to fulfill the nonprofit educational organization’s “mission of assisting deserving young people to pursue higher education.” One of the scholars, Deana Autry, is from Rose Hill, and attends Union High School.

Since 1984, Horatio Alger Association has administered one of the nation’s largest privately funded, need-based scholarship programs, having awarded more than $125 million in undergraduate, graduate and specialized scholarships to students from across the United States, as well as Puerto Rico and Canada. In 2000, 16 years after the establishment of its National Scholarship Program, Horatio Alger Members began funding scholarships concentrated in each state to further its mission of assisting deserving young people to pursue higher education.

Additionally, Association members fund a series of Specialized Scholarships, which are targeted to students based on specific degrees programs or academic institutions.

“Horatio Alger Scholars exhibit perseverance and an unwavering commitment to continuing their education,” said Tony Novelly, chairman, Horatio Alger Association. “By providing these young men and women with the emotional and financial resources they need, Horatio Alger Association furthers its mission of encouraging youth to pursue the American Dream. The 2016 Horatio Alger State and Specialized Scholars are an exceptional group of talented students and our Members are honored to help support their future success.”

Collectively, the 2016 Horatio Alger State and Specialized Scholarship recipients have maintained an average GPA of 3.6 and ACT score of 24 (above the national average), while coming from households with an average annual income of $19,116. Each recipient is awarded an average of $7,000 to apply toward the tuition of their selected college or university.

“Horatio Alger Scholarship recipients have demonstrated the ability to overcome personal adversity while maintaining a resilient spirit on their individual paths to success,” said Byron Trott, president and CEO, Horatio Alger Association. “Hard work, determination and perseverance are admirable qualities, which all of these Scholars possess. The Association is proud to support this year’s class of State and Specialized Scholars as they continue to pursue their endeavors and successfully accomplish their educational and professional goals.”