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Horatio Alger Association Honors Minneapolis Executive and Renowned Philanthropist Lee R. Anderson Sr. and Two National Scholarship Recipients from Minnesota

Mr. Anderson 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 Lee Anderson Sr., owner and chairman of APi Group, Inc. and a Minnesota resident as a lifetime Member in April, while also rewarding three deserving Minnesota 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. Anderson, are inducted into the Association annually as lifetime Members.

"Members of Horatio Alger Association represent a select group of business and philanthropic leaders who have demonstrated an unmatched commitment to serving others," said David Sokol, chairman of Horatio Alger Association.  "Mr. Anderson exemplifies what it means to be a Member of this organization. He learned the value of education at a young age, harnessed his determination to succeed and became the owner of a multi-billion dollar company, while still taking the time to give back to his community.  As a Member myself, I am proud to be in the company of Mr. Anderson."

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

  • Kevin Cheng, Edison Senior High School, Minneapolis
  • Wyatt Whiteaker, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton High School, Glyndon

"Year after year, Horatio Alger Association receives thousands of scholarship applications and the level of excellence never waivers," said Tony Novelly, president and CEO of Horatio Alger Association.  "The 2014 Horatio Alger Scholars from Minnesota are no exception. These individuals inspire the Members with their courage and accomplishments, despite seemingly insurmountable hardships. I have no doubt they will continue to succeed throughout their college careers and beyond."

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


SOURCE Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc.

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