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Horatio Alger Association Honors Los Angeles Business Leader Thomas V. McKernan and Seven National Scholarship Recipients from California

Mr. McKernan and the Scholars are recognized by the Association for their courage, resilience and commitment to higher education

WASHINGTON, March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- 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, will induct California resident Thomas V. McKernan, chairman of the board of the Automobile Club of Southern California as a lifetime Member in April, while also rewarding seven deserving California students with its prestigious Horatio Alger National Scholarship. Association Members and Scholars are selected based on their determination to persevere and the success they have achieved despite innumerable adversities.

Named for renowned author Horatio Alger, Jr., who wrote about the merits of hard work, courage and honesty as the means to success, Horatio Alger Association was established in 1947 to uphold these tenets, which are core to the American Dream. To further its mission, individuals who demonstrate initiative, resilience and excellence in their lives, such as Mr. McKernan, are inducted into the Association annually as lifetime Members.

"We are honored to welcome Mr. McKernan as a new Member of the Association," said David Sokol, chairman of Horatio Alger Association. "He has excelled in his professional career, and has an unwavering commitment to philanthropy and higher education.  Every year, we work to identify new Members who will work tirelessly to support our mission of helping students in need and I have every confidence that Mr. McKernan will do just that."

Possessing a strong commitment to philanthropy, Horatio Alger Members are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Association's scholarship programs in 2014.  The scholarship programs provide educational assistance to at-risk youth with an admirable commitment to continuing their education and serving their communities.Today, the Association administers one of the nation's largest, privately-funded, need-based scholarship programs in North America, having provided more than $100 million in undergraduate, graduate and specialized scholarships since 1984.  The following students from California have been recognized for their exceptional accomplishments with the 2014 Horatio Alger National Scholarship in the amount of $21,000:

  • Richard Boyer, Santana High School, Santee
  • Brandon Brizuela, San Diego Met Career/Tech High School, San Diego
  • Mekenna Brown, San Marcos High School, San Marcos, California
  • Catherine Cascavita , Arlington High School, Riverside
  • Jennifer Guzman, San Jose High Academy, San Jose
  • Yu-chieh Lee, Woodbridge High School, Irvine, California
  • Myra Little, El Dorado High School, Placerville

"From broken homes, to violence, to poverty, Horatio Alger Scholars have faced incredible hardships," said Tony Novelly, president and CEO of Horatio Alger Association.  "The seven scholarship recipients from California have not let unfortunate circumstances and challenges define their future or alter their academic goals.  Each has shown immense courage and resilience as they continue in their pursuit of a college degree.  The Association is proud to offer assistance to these students who inspire us all."

To view the complete list of Horatio Alger Members selected for the Class of 2014, please visit https://www.horatioalger.org/news_pr_members.cfm.

To view the complete list of 2014 Horatio Alger National Scholarship recipients, please visit https://www.horatioalger.org/scholarships/2014awards.cfm?styped=NS.

About Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans:
Founded in 1947, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., fulfills its mission of honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals who have succeeded in spite of adversity and of encouraging young people to pursue their dreams through higher education. Horatio Alger Association supports students through annual undergraduate and graduate need-based scholarships and mentoring programs across the United States and Canada. Since 1984, the Association has awarded more than $100 million in college scholarships to deserving young people.  For more information, please visit www.horatioalger.org.

SOURCE Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc.

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