To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger National Scholarship, applicants must be enrolled full time as a high school junior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation. Applicants must 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)
The National Scholarship is awarded to eligible students in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. National Scholars receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., during the spring of their senior year to participate in the National Scholars Conference. Recipients must attend the National Scholars Conference to receive the award. Applicants must demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required), be involved in co-curricular and community service activities and display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity. Applicants must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and be a United States citizen.