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Horatio Alger Association Honors Former United States Ambassador and Renowned Philanthropist Patricia L. Herbold and Two National Scholarship Recipients from Washington

Ambassador Herbold 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 former United States Ambassador Patricia L. Herbold, vice president and secretary of the Herbold Foundation and Washington resident as a lifetime Member in April, while also rewarding two deserving Washington 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 Ambassador Herbold, are inducted into the Association annually as lifetime Members.

"We are delighted to welcome Ambassador Herbold as a Member of Horatio Alger Association," said David Sokol, chairman of Horatio Alger Association.  "She is an exemplary woman who lives the mission of our organization each and every day.  As co-founder with her husband of a scholarship foundation, Ambassador Herbold truly understands the importance of offering assistance to those students in need.  My fellow Members and I are honored to have her join us, and we look forward to her insights as we continue to advance the mission of the Association."

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

  • Sopheak Neak, Franklin High School, Seattle
  • Rachael Ramsey, Port Townsend High School, Port Townsend

"Our national scholarship recipients from Washington have proven their determination and will to succeed by overcoming difficult circumstances," said Tony Novelly, president and CEO of Horatio Alger Association.  "Key principles, including hard work and dedication, define Association Members and its Scholars such as Mr. Neak and Ms. Ramsey.  We are proud to provide such deserving students with the financial assistance needed to pursue their education and future success."

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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