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Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program

The Horatio Alger Association seeks to assist students who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength of character, financial need, a good academic record, commitment to pursue a college education, and a desire to contribute to society.


The eligibility criteria to be considered for all Horatio Alger National and State Scholarship Programs are as follows:
- Enrolled full time as a high school senior, progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer, with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation
- Intend to pursue a bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
- Critical financial need, preferably $50,000 or lower adjusted gross income per family
- Involvement in co-curricular and community service activities
- Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0
- U.S. citizenship

State scholarships are available with additional eligibility criteria (in addition to those noted above) that must be met:
- Louisiana: Applicants must pursue a bachelor’s degree at a college/university in the state of Louisiana
- Idaho: Applicants residing in the Idaho counties of Benewah, Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Latah, or Shoshone must attend North Idaho College, Lewis-Clark State College (Coeur d'Alene or Lewiston campus) or the University of Idaho
- Montana: Applicants must pursue a degree at The University of Montana, The University of Montana-Western, The University of Montana-Missoula College of Technology, Helena College of Technology of The University of Montana, or Montana Tech of The University of Montana.

To apply for the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs, the following items must be completed by the application deadline:
- Students must submit an online application through our website
- Students must submit one letter of support. The letter of support should be from an adult who understands your adversity and can describe the unique circumstances in your life. This form must be filled out online.
- Students must download the certifications page, complete it and obtain the proper signatures prior to mailing. This will require signatures of the applicant, parent/guardian, and the student’s principal or vice principal. Faxes/emails will not be accepted.
- Students must submit a copy of their official high school transcript and include a legend
- All applicants must submit a photo copy of the front page of their parent/guardian’s federal tax return (1040, 1040A, 1040 EZ or 1099 SSA-Social Security form) for the year prior to the award in order to verify income stated on application. If your parent(s) AGI is a negative number, please submit copies of parent/guardian's federal individual tax return for three years prior to that year. If your parents were not required to file a tax return, include statement copies of any government benefits, such as food stamps or Public Assistance documents.

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