An Oden senior is one of two Arkansas seniors chosen to receive the prestigious 2016 Horatio Alger National Scholarship presented by the Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program.
Jasper Rose, a senior at Oden, will receive a $22,000 presented by the program. Since the establishment of its scholarship programs in 1984, Horatio Alger Association has awarded more than $110 million in undergraduate, graduate and specialized scholarships to students across the United States, including all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada.
The Association administers one of the nation’s largest privately-funded, need-based financial aid programs for college students, and in 2016, more than $11 million will be awarded, with $2.3 million granted to the National Scholars and the remaining funds granted to the State and Specialized Scholars.
Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., is a nonprofit educational organization which honors the achievements of outstanding individuals while encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education. Jasper is among 106 recipients of this prestigious 2016 Horatio Alger National Scholarship this year.
These annual scholarships recognize outstanding students, who, in the face of great adversity, have exhibited an admirable commitment to continuing their education and serving their communities. Scholarship recipients must maintain an average GPA of 3.7, earn an average score of 26 on their ACT and meet certain financial requirements.
“The 2016 Horatio Alger National Scholars demonstrate remarkable strength, courage and resilience in their pursuit of the American Dream,” said Tony Novelly, chairman, Horatio Alger Association. “Despite having faced significant challenges in their young lives, these students remain dedicated to their studies and find time to give back to their communities. As the future leaders of this country, our Association Members, Life Partners and Friends are honored to support these inspiring Scholars on their paths to achievement.”
In addition to the scholarship, each National Scholar will also receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the Horatio Alger National Scholars Conference and participate in college-preparedness and other educational sessions. There, Horatio Alger Scholars have an opportunity to learn about the Association and the various support programs in which they may partake.
In conjunction with the conference, National Scholars will also attend the Association’s 69th Horatio Alger Award Induction Ceremonies, during which the Association will induct 13 distinguished new Members, ranging from established CEOs to innovative entrepreneurs – and recognize this new group of National Scholars. Furthermore, the Scholars will meet and learn from Horatio Alger Members who have also overcome significant adversities. The National Scholarship Program is wholly funded through private donations from Association Members and Friends.
Jasper plans to attend Arkansas Tech University and study graphic art and design.
For a full list of Horatio Alger Association’s Class of 2016 National Scholars please visit www.horatioalger.org.