Through the generosity of its Members, the Association has awarded more than $125 million in privately funded need-based scholarships to more than 25,000 young people over the past 31 years in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. It has also become a leading resource for information about teenagers, resiliency, and nonprofit best practices. For a full listing of Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs and award totals, please click here.

To be eligible to apply for a Horatio Alger State Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria*:

  • Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2018 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
  • Be a United States citizen

*applicants for the Louisiana and Montana state scholarships must meet additional eligibility criteria.

The application will be available August 1 – October 25.

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