About the Horatio Alger Association
The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. bears the name of the renowned author Horatio Alger, Jr., whose tales of overcoming adversity through unyielding perseverance and basic moral principles captivated the public in the late 19th century. The Association, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit educational organization, was established in 1947 to dispel the mounting belief among the nation's youth that the American Dream was no longer attainable.
The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans is dedicated to the simple but powerful belief that hard work, honesty and determination can conquer all obstacles. Today, through its Members, the Association continues to educate our nation's young people about the economic and personal opportunities afforded them by the promise of the American free enterprise system. Through its scholarship programs, the Association encourages students to pursue their own version of the American Dream. While providing scholarship opportunities, Association Members mentor the Scholars and underscore the importance of service to others. The Members work directly to provide promising young people with the support, education and confidence needed to realize their aspirations.
Horatio Alger Award
Members of the Association are the select few who have been honored with the Horatio Alger Award. Horatio Alger Award recipients are dedicated community leaders who demonstrate individual initiative and a commitment to excellence; as exemplified by remarkable achievements accomplished through honesty, hard work, self-reliance and perseverance over adversity. All potential Members must have a strong commitment to assisting those less fortunate than themselves and be willing to contribute to the mission of providing scholarships for younger generations.
Annual Horatio Alger Awards Induction Ceremonies
The Horatio Alger Awards Activities are held in Washington, D.C., each spring to present the Horatio Alger Award to new Members of the Association. More than 1,000 Members and guests attend the annual Awards Dinner. Association Members, organizations and individuals are invited to purchase tables for the dinner, or if unable to attend, to make a general contribution in support of the Association's educational programs. These contributions underwrite the programs offered by the Association, and they are acknowledged in the Association's printed materials. Information about purchasing tables is available from the Association's headquarters.
The Association remains steadfastly committed to its mission:
- To induct as lifetime Members of the Association contemporary role models whose experiences exemplify that opportunities for a successful life are available to all individuals who are dedicated to the principles of integrity, hard work, perseverance and compassion for others.
- To provide scholarship assistance to deserving young people who have demonstrated integrity and determination in overcoming adversity, academic potential, and the personal aspiration to make a unique contribution to society.
- To mentor scholarship recipients and educate all youth about the limitless possibilities that are available through the American free enterprise system, while underscoring the importance of service to others.
International Horatio Alger Award
The Horatio Alger Association annually presents the International Horatio Alger Award to a citizen of another country. As with the Horatio Alger Award, recipients of this award must have overcome humble beginnings and/or adversity to achieve success. They serve as outstanding role models to the international community and are committed to the Association's mission of encouraging and educating today's young people. International Horatio Alger Award recipients are accorded the same rights and responsibilities of Membership as their American counterparts.
Norman Vincent Peale Award
Norman Vincent Peale, one of the most inspiring leaders of the 20th century, represented the heart and spirit of the Horatio Alger Association. An Association Member for more than 40 years, Dr. Peale fostered the growth of the Association and provided leadership in his role as Honorary Chairman. In his memory, the Norman Vincent Peale Award is annually conferred on a Member who has made exceptional humanitarian contributions to society, who has been an active participant in the Association, and who continues to exhibit courage, tenacity and integrity in the face of great challenges.
Horatio Alger Life Partners
Spouses of Horatio Alger Members are called Horatio Alger Life Partners and they participate in the mission of the Association through the Horatio Alger Life Partners Program. One of the primary roles of the Life Partners has been to reach out to the Association's scholarship recipients. The Horatio Alger Life Partners hold meetings each year during the annual Horatio Alger Awards events, and in conjunction with the Association's Board of Directors meetings. The Life Partners also host a luncheon during the Horatio Alger Awards events each year in Washington, D.C. The luncheon serves as a time for the Life Partners, Members, and the newest National Scholarship recipients to learn more about the Association and each other. Students share their experiences and participants salute the special accomplishments of the Horatio Alger Association.
Nomination Form for the Horatio Alger Award
Download the current Nomination Form for the Horatio Alger Award