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Horatio Alger Association Honors St. Louis Executive and Renowned Philanthropist David L. Steward and Two National Scholarship Recipients from Missouri

Mr. Steward 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 David L. Steward, founder and chairman of World Wide Technology, Inc. and a Missouri resident as a lifetime Member in April, while also rewarding two deserving Missouri 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. Steward, are inducted into the Association annually as lifetime Members.

"It is my honor to welcome Mr. Steward as a new Member in our Association," said David Sokol, chairman of Horatio Alger Association.  "Mr. Steward, like our Scholars, has faced numerous hardships.   Yet he was taught the value of hard work from a young age and it is a lesson that has served him well throughout his life.  Mr. Steward was one of the first persons of color to sell rail services for the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company and he later founded his own information technology solutions company. He has led an exemplary life and he will be a great addition to the Association's membership ranks."

Possessing a strong commitment to philanthropy, Horatio Alger Members are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their 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 Missouri have been recognized for their exceptional accomplishments with the 2014 Horatio Alger National Scholarship in the amount of $21,000:

  • Nikita Thompson, Saint John Vianney High School, St Louis
  • Jacob Bowder, Warrensburg High School, Warrensburg

"The two 2014 scholarship recipients from Missouri have demonstrated great resilience when facing significant challenges," said Tony Novelly, president and CEO of Horatio Alger Association.  "The Association is proud of what they have achieved, and we have confidence that they will do great things in the future.  Each year, Scholars continue to exceed our expectations, and I am sure that the class of 2014 will be no exception."

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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