The invitation was issued on behalf of the association and Delford M. Smith, a Linfield trustee and a member of the association?s Board of Directors.
The Horatio Alger Association provides young Americans with role models who have triumphed over early obstacles to reach a level of exemplary achievement while maintaining the highest level of integrity and ethical standards. The Horatio Alger Scholarship Program is the nation?s only financial assistance effort that specifically focuses on identifying young people who, like its members, have overcome exceptional hardships. The program also seeks students who have a commitment to use their college degrees in service to others.
The Collegiate Partners Program is a consortium of public and private collegiate institutions that have agreed to provide financial assistance to reduce the amount of loan indebtedness that a Horatio Alger Scholar would otherwise incur.
Out of more than 40,000 applicants nationwide, 107 were chosen to receive Horatio Alger Scholarships in 2004. Each student received a scholarship of $10,000 for four years of college. Linfield will provide matching institutional assistance equal to or greater than the amount of the Horatio Alger Scholarship to any recipient who enrolls at Linfield, according to Dan Preston, dean of enrollment management.
"These are clearly exemplary young scholars," said Preston. "We are confident that any of them would be a good fit for Linfield."
The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., is one of the nation?s largest private providers of scholarships. It awards nearly $5 million in need-based scholarships annually throughout the United States. Every state in the nation, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, has at least one Horatio Alger Scholar each year. A third are members of ethnic or racial minorities.