May 5, 2016

McKenna Young
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12 Remarkable High School Students from Texas-Fort Worth Awarded 2016 State Scholarship from Horatio Alger Association 

 Horatio Alger Association, in partnership with the BNSF Railway Foundation, recognizes young men and women who have demonstrated perseverance and a commitment to education with individual scholarships of $7,000 each 

 WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 5, 2016) – Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education, today announced that 12 students from the Fort Worth area will receive its prestigious 2016 Horatio Alger State Scholarship in the amount of $7,000. These young men and women are recognized for their admirable commitment to continuing their education and serving their communities, despite facing and overcoming adversity. Since 2006, the scholarship has been funded through the generosity of BNSF Railway Foundation, which supports and helps improve the quality of life for thousands of BNSF employees and the communities across the states through which BNSF operates.

The Horatio Alger State Scholarship program awards recipients with $7,000 to apply toward the tuition of the college or university of his or her choice. Collectively, the 2016 Horatio Alger State and Specialized Scholarship recipients have maintained an average GPA of 3.6 and ACT score of 24 (above the national average), while coming from households with an average annual income of $19,116. Scholars have access to a variety of resources including college preparatory support, access to guidance and crisis counselors as well as mentoring programs.

“For the eleventh consecutive year, Horatio Alger Association is proud to partner with the BNSF Railway Foundation to recognize young men and women in pursuit of higher education,” said Tony Novelly, chairman, Horatio Alger Association. “Despite facing difficult life circumstances, the 2016 State Scholars from Texas-Fort Worth are deeply committed to achieving their goals and demonstrate exceptional strength of character.  We are grateful for the generosity of the BNSF Railway Foundation and their support of our mission and Scholars.”

Horatio Alger Association was founded in 1947, and since 1984, it has administered one of the nation’s largest privately-funded, need-based scholarship programs. The Association has awarded more than $125 million in undergraduate, graduate and specialized scholarships to students from across the United States (including all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) and Canada. In 2000, 16 years after the establishment of its National Scholarship Program, Horatio Alger Members began funding scholarships concentrated in each state to further the Association’s mission of helping deserving young people pursue their collegiate goals.

For a complete list of the 2016 Horatio Alger Texas-Fort Worth State Scholars, please click here. For more information about Horatio Alger Association please visit To engage on social media, please “Like” the organization on Facebook (


 About Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans: 

Founded in 1947, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. is dedicated to the simple but powerful belief that hard work, honesty and determination can conquer all obstacles. The Association honors the achievements of outstanding leaders who have accomplished remarkable successes in spite of adversity by bestowing upon them the Horatio Alger Award and inducting them as lifetime Members. Horatio Alger Members support promising young people with the resources and confidence needed to overcome adversity in pursuit of their dreams through higher education. Through the generosity of its Members and friends, the Association awards more than $12 million annually in undergraduate and graduate need-based scholarships across the United States and Canada and provides college support and mentoring services to its Scholars. Since 1984, the Association has awarded more than $125 million in college scholarships to more than 22,000 deserving young people. For more information, please visit