Through the generosity of Horatio Alger Member Dennis R. Washington and the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, the Association recognizes and rewards 50 inspiring and resilient young men and women from Montana with college scholarships.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — 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, today announced a total of 50 students from Montana will receive its prestigious 2014 Horatio Alger Montana Scholarship in the amount of $6,000, funded by the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation. The University of Montana and Montana State system schools have agreed to provide an additional $5,000 award bringing the total grant amount to $11,000, which will be disbursed over the course of the student’s college career. These young men and women are recognized for their admirable commitment to continuing their education and serving their communities, despite facing significant adversity in their youth.
Since 1984, Horatio Alger Association has administered one of the nation’s largest privately-funded, need-based scholarship programs, awarding more than $100 million in undergraduate, graduate and specialized scholarships to students from across the United States (including all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 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 the Association’s mission of offering deserving young people across the nation financial support to pursue their collegiate goals.
“Since my induction in 1995, I have been a strong proponent of the Association’s educational mission,” said Dennis R. Washington, chairman emeritus of Horatio Alger Association. “But, it is the courageous stories of its Scholars – from overcoming unspeakable hardships, to their dedication to obtaining a college degree, to their unwavering desire to help those around them – that I find truly inspirational. It is a pleasure to help them in any way that I can.”