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Horatio Alger Association Honors Legendary Atlanta Executive and Renowned Philanthropist J. Ronald Terwilliger and Four National Scholarship Recipients from Georgia

Mr. Terwilliger 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 J. Ronald Terwilliger, chairman emeritus of Trammell Crow Residential Company and a Georgia resident as a lifetime Member in April, while also rewarding four deserving Georgia 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. Terwilliger, are inducted into the Association annually as lifetime Members.

"Horatio Alger Association Members, like many of our Scholars, come from humble beginnings," said David Sokol, chairman of Horatio Alger Association. "Despite the lack of resources available at an early age, each has found a way to overcome their hardships and succeed.  We are honored to recognize Mr. Terwilliger as a successful businessman and an admirable philanthropist.  It is because of people like him that the Association is able to assist hundreds of deserving students each year."

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 Georgia have been recognized for their exceptional accomplishments with the 2014 Horatio Alger National Scholarship in the amount of $21,000:

  • Cassandra Bolt, Ridgeland High School, Rossville
  • Jessica Cotter, Ridgeland High School, Rossville
  • Maduka Okonkwo, North Clayton Comprehensive High School, College park
  • Tyrone Slaton III, Carver School of Technology, Atlanta

"The four Scholars from Georgia represent an outstanding group of students who, despite facing seemingly insurmountable adversities, have the desire to better themselves through higher education," said Tony Novelly, president and CEO of Horatio Alger Association.  "It is our honor to award these young men and women with the means to finance that education and help support their dreams.  I am certain that they will achieve great things in college and the years thereafter."

To view the complete list of Horatio Alger Members selected for the Class of 2014, please visit

To view the complete list of 2014 Horatio Alger National Scholarship recipients, please visit

About Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans: 
Founded in 1947, 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

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SOURCE Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc.

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