Horatio Alger Association

Last week I wrote about Bob Barker and Oprah and deadlines. That’s funny, because this week, I am talking about Bob Hope and Oprah, and deadlines, and you could receive $25,000 for school next year.

Apply – But Not On Our Website

The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans wants to know your story. Are you a senior in high school? Have you overcome adversity? Please, please, please apply! You matter! Look how far you have come! You might think “they won’t pick me” but one of the $25,000 Horatio Alger National Scholarship recipients graduated from Greenway last year. For more information (and to apply) go to the Horatio Alger Scholarship website at: https://scholars.horatioalger.org/

Think About It Brain Teaser

We have a little brain teaser for you. It’s more fun if you actually spend some time thinking about this, and don’t just keep reading for the answer. What do the following people have in common?

Bob Hope

Oprah Winfrey

Johnny Cash

Carol Burnett

Reba McEntire

Dr. Ben Carson

Mario Cuomo

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Colin Powell

Condoleezza Rice

Tom Selleck

Henry “Hank” Aaron

Wayne Gretzky

Education, Overcoming Adversity, and Building Better Community

Okay, let’s try something a little easier first. What do education and overcoming adversity have in common? One commonality is the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation. The Community Foundation is all about building better community together. With your support, there are many ways we build better community together. We help people in crisis. We strengthen local nonprofits. We develop local workforce. We offer scholarships. We are a resource.

Many people think the Community Foundation is just about giving money or getting money. That is not the case. One of the most important things the Community Foundation does is to know our community. It’s our first name! The Community Foundation is here to be a resource and connector to help everyone build a better community.

So, go back and look at that list of people again.

What do they all have in common? They are all Horatio Alger Award Members. That’s pretty cool, but what is even cooler is being a Horatio Alger Scholarship Recipient.

One Scholarship. Endless Opportunities.

As one of the nation’s largest need-based college scholarship programs in the country, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need.

There are several scholarships offered. Technical scholarships for $2,500, state scholarships for $10,000, national scholarships for $25,000, and more. These scholarships are not offered through the Community Foundation. You need to go to the Horatio Alger Scholarship website:

https://scholars.horatioalger.org/

“The true heroes of the world are those who find a way to overcome adversity to achieve success in a way that helps themselves, their families, and society.” - Wayne Gretzky

You Can Do This! Apply By October 25th

The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans wants to know your story. Are you a senior in high school? Have you overcome adversity? Please, please, please apply! You matter! Look how far you have come! You might think “they won’t pick me” but one of the $25,000 Horatio Alger National Scholarship recipients graduated from Greenway last year.

The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation has been connecting donors’ charitable intentions to community needs for over 25 years to make our Greater Itasca Area – and the world – a better place to live. We invite you to become part of the great work we do and to include us in the conversation with your financial or estate planner to answer the question “What good do you want your money to do?” For more information, visit our website at www.gracf.org or schedule a visit by calling (218) 999-9100.

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