As one of the largest need-based scholarship programs in the country, the Horatio Alger Scholarship is specifically designed to assist high school seniors who have overcome and met great challenges throughout their academic lives. This means that every Horatio Alger scholarship winner has overcome some sort of adversity. Whether they were struggling with school or with life in general, there was a time when they didn’t know what they were doing. It is those moments that form the basis of the story of each recipient of this $75,000 a year scholarship program.
Algerian’s mother came to stay with them when Horatio was three. She instilled in her son the need to always be good at whatever he did. Horatio left his home at age sixteen to travel across the continent, from Cuba to the States. He was very much alone, and had no one to guide him along. He was a young man during the civil war, and had very little knowledge of what was going on around him. Eventually he learned of the Horatio Alger Scholarship, and before he could even finish his education he was in complete need of financial assistance.
Horatio joined the Air Force after graduating from high school. Two years later, he was deployed to fight in World War I. It was a very long war, and he was wounded in the legs while fighting. He was in pain for the rest of his life. He was finally able to use his legs again, and was given a Purple Heart medal. It was one of the first awards of this type to a disabled person.
After the war ended, he married Eloise Sue Tompkins. Horatio was thirty-one years old when he died. Although he never received a full scholarship, he did attain a degree. He then went on to teach for several years, and then became a teacher’s aide, helping other teachers with their work. His career spanned mostly the South, but he spent some time traveling to Canada and Mexico. He lived in Atlanta, Georgia, for the final six years of his life.
When he died, his estate left an estate that was to be dispersed amongst his four children and four grandchildren. However, two of those children never saw their father again. His grandchildren now live in Ohio, and one lives in California. One has said that they wish to one day pay tribute to their father, but are afraid.
There is a Horatio Alger Scholarship, also called a AAHS – Assisted Technology for Leadership. This scholarship was created by Mrs. Ida Mae Sherwood for the benefit of the children of those who served in the Armed Forces. The requirements for this scholarship were that a student must have served for at least two years in high school, and that they must have a grade point average of at least 2.5. Also, a student must have completed a minimum of five hours of community service. Students who qualify for this scholarship must be American citizens, or eligible non-citizen alien, and they must reside in the United States. There is currently no requirements for this scholarship to be awarded more than once.
For those students who are interested in this scholarship, there is an application available for them through the Armed Forces High School and College. They can apply either online or by visiting the admissions office at the school. Once accepted, they can complete their studies either at the high school or via an online program. The cost of these programs are greatly reduced because of the online program, and the student is not required to live at the campus. They are still required to participate in the classroom interaction as part of their studies, however.
Those students who are chosen for the AAHS – Assisted Technology for Leadership Scholarship Program can expect to have a high school career that will span four decades. There are many perks that come with the scholarship. These perks include: exemption from paying for tuition, room and board, plus a yearly payment. This is the only scholarship program that offers this much for the exact same cost.