Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney hosted a recent press conference on behalf of the Horatio Alger Association of Canada, announcing a massive expansion to reward more students in Canada for their hard work in difficult circumstances.
Horatio Alger is a charitable organization dedicated to education and the belief that hard work, honesty and determination can conquer all obstacles. The association recently announced a national expansion of its scholarship program with a new $10 million endowment available to high school students in all Canadian provinces and territories.
Mr. Mulroney, who served as prime minister from 1984-1993, is vice president of the association’s board of directors.
“Every year, I have the privilege of learning about the life stories that our scholarship applicants submit,” said Mr. Mulroney. “It warms my heart to see these bright students who, despite hardship, despite roadblocks, demonstrate a ‘can-do’ attitude and strive for success. These students are the future and I have never been more optimistic that our country is in good hands.”
Since 2009, the Horatio Alger Association of Canada has offered scholarships to full-time Canadian high school students in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia who have a critical financial need and have demonstrated integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as strength of character, a good academic record, a commitment to pursue higher education, and a desire to contribute to society.
In that time, more than $1 million in scholarships have been awarded to over 200 deserving young Canadians.
Now, hard-working students in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut will have the opportunity to apply for 130 Horatio Alger scholarships each year of up to $10,000.
Now, Horatio Alger Canadian Scholarships valued at $5,000 will be awarded to 80 young Canadians annually to study at a post-secondary institution of their choosing.
In addition, the top five applicants from across Canada each year will be awarded the Horatio Alger Canadian National Scholarship. These five students will win a scholarship valued at $10,000, which is reserved for outstanding applicants who are planning to pursue a business-related degree or have expressed a commitment to following an entrepreneurial career. These students will also be invited to Washington, D.C. during the spring of their final year in high school to participate in the Horatio Alger National Scholars Conference, joining American winners of the Horatio Alger scholarships.
The application process for the 2016 scholarships will open on August 1, 2015. Students wishing to apply will be able to do so at www.horatioalger.ca.