The Horatio Alger scholarship is awarded each year to 10-12 students. The award recognizes students for demonstrating leadership, aspiring to excellence, valuing higher education, upholding free-enterprise, community service, the desire to create a better future, and exhibiting personal initiative and perseverance. Most scholars have overcome personal hardships and excelled despite the challenges they faced.
The Horatio Alger Association offers a number of different scholarships. The following awards are provided: national scholarships, state scholarships, career and technical scholarships, and targeted scholarships. Below is additional information on each type of scholarship:
National Scholarships: This award provides 106 students with scholarships valued at $22,000. This award is open to high school students who reside in any of the fifty states and who apply during the second semester of their senior year. Students must be a full-time student and plan to enroll in college for the fall semester that follows their graduation date from high school. Only students who strong motivation and demonstrate high financial need are eligible to apply. Students must hold at least a 2.0 grade point average, be a U.S. citizen, show that they have overcome adversity, and be involved in extra-curricular activities.
State Scholarships: The same criteria for the national scholarships, also apply to the state scholarships. These awards are also available in every state. The amount of these awards range from $6,000 to $10,500. Applicants from Idaho, Montana, and Louisiana must meet additional criteria, which are outlined on this website: https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/state-scholarships/idaho-louisiana-and-montana-additional-eligibility.
Career and Technical Scholarships: This award provides over 500 students with scholarships worth $2,500. In order to be eligible for this award, students must be citizens of the United States who are less than 30 years of age. The applicant must demonstrate that they overcame adversity, participated in community service, and demonstrate a high level of financial need. Furthermore, students must plan to enroll in a community college for the fall following their graduation date and must be motivated to complete a college degree or technical school program. This application is available in mid-March through early June.
Targeted Scholarships: These awards are geared towards applicants who have a specific major or those who want to attend a specific university. In general, students must show high financial need, be a U.S. citizen, and demonstrate that they have overcome adversity. Some other specific criteria apply depending on the scholarship that the student applies for. Currently, the website lists $10,000 scholarships for Boise State University, $32,500 for University of San Francisco, and $50,000 for Santa Clara University. Additional opportunities are available and priorities may change from year to year. The full list of targeted scholarships can be found here: https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/targeted-scholarships/.
Students who are selected are invited to attend an awards ceremony. The award ceremony is held once per year, in springtime, in Washington, D.C. During a three-day celebration, new scholarship winners attend an inaugural reception and ceremony at the U.S. Supreme Court. An inaugural dinner and a meet the National Scholars Breakfast is also provided. And induction ceremony and other activities also take place during this period.