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The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans is honored to announce the winners of the Horatio Alger Mississippi Scholarship. These scholarships are made possible with generous support from the Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation. Horatio Alger scholarship recipients have been chosen based on their demonstrated commitment to education, dedication to community service, and strength of character in overcoming personal obstacles to achieve academic excellence.

“It is a privilege to play a part in these young people’s college education,” said Tony Novelly, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Horatio Alger Association. “They have already shown perseverance and courage in the face of adversity, and with opportunities made available through higher education and our free-enterprise system, there is no limit to the things they may achieve.”

Each scholar will receive $5,000 that will go toward their college tuition, fees, books and on-campus room and board. In addition to the scholarship, the students have access to the following opportunities:

· Financial aid and scholarship counseling

· College readiness tools and assessments

· 24/7 Support and Referral Services including crisis response and counseling resources

· Free housing opportunities provided by Campus Crest at 44 campuses across the nation

· Graduate school funding

· Access to a network of their peers and alumni through the Association’s website, Facebook and LinkedIn

The Horatio Alger Association’s scholarship programs are funded by its Members, friends of the organization, and other foundations. Since 1985, the Association has provided $786,186 in scholarships to high school seniors from Mississippi.


The 2013 Horatio Alger Mississippi Scholarship recipients are listed below:

Lalita K. Klag

Mississippi School for Math and Science


Jeremy Medina

Bay High School

Bay Saint Louis

Rachel L. Parbs

Southaven High School


Shannon E. Parker

Horn Lake High School

Horn Lake

Ariel D. Wilson

Lake Cormorant High School

Lake Cormorant

The Horatio Alger Association

Founded in 1947, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans celebrates those individuals in our society whose determination and hard work have enabled them to overcome life’s obstacles to achieve success. As a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, the Association provides college scholarships and mentorship to low income students who demonstrate courage in the face of adversity and dedication to pursuing higher education. The Horatio Alger Association has awarded almost $100 million to nearly 20,000 Scholars since the inception of its scholarship programs in 1984.

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