Horatio Alger Association of Canada announces Ontario scholarship winners

MONTREAL, Feb. 17, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - The Horatio Alger Association of Canada is proud to announce that students in Ontario have been awarded $5,000 scholarships as part of the Horatio Alger Ontario Scholarship Program.

The Association offers scholarships to full-time high school students in Ontario who have a critical financial need and have demonstrated integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as strength of character, a good academic record, a commitment to pursue higher education, and a desire to contribute to society.       

Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, a Member of the Horatio Alger Association since 2012, congratulated this year's winners.

"It warms my heart to see so many young people who, even after having gone through very difficult periods in their lives, work with great determination to pursue their dreams," Mr. Mulroney said. "I am extremely proud to support these students on their road to success."

This year's winners are:

Sabrina Lin, Aurora High School, Aurora
Billi R. Lawrence, Académie catholique Ange-Gabriel, Brockville
Elizabeth C. Strifler, Assumption Secondary School, Burlington
Emily Wong, Orchard Park Secondary School, Hamilton
Rahma Noushin, Barton Secondary School, Hamilton
Amber J. Rogers, Our Lady of the Lake Catholic College School, Keswick
Devanté W. Mckenzie- Perez, Saint Mary's High School, Kitchener
Jon-Ann E. Stevens, A.B. Lucas Secondary School, London
Melissa L. Lavigne, St. John Catholic High School, McDonalds Corners
KiKi (Mikaela) K. Klassen, Laura Secord Secondary School, St. Catharines
Rachel A. Pearson, St. Marys District Collegiate & Vocational Institute, St. Marys
Evelyn L. Coleman, St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School, Sudbury
Moriam Ahmed, Bloor Collegiate Institute, Toronto
Tynisha S. Pratt, Welland Centennial Secondary School, Welland

The Association received nearly 3,500 applications in the four provinces in which it currently conducts scholarship programs. Applicant profiles confirmed the need for these needs-based scholarships. The average annual family income of recipients was $18,961; 64% had experienced death, incarceration or abandonment of a parent or guardian, and 28% had been physically and/or mentally abused. At the same time, recipients had an average high school grade of 87%; 86% had been involved in community service activities, and 61% worked during the school year.

"This year's scholarship winners are an outstanding group of students who prove that hard work can overcome any obstacle," said Dominic D'Alessandro, President of the Horatio Alger Association of Canada. "It is with great pride that the Association helps these future leaders achieve their academic goals."

About the Horatio Alger Association of Canada

The Horatio Alger Association of Canada, the Canadian affiliate of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the simple but powerful belief that hard work, honesty and determination can conquer all obstacles. The Association honours the achievements of outstanding individuals in our society who have succeeded in spite of adversity and who encourage young people to pursue their dreams through higher education. The Horatio Alger Association of Canada currently awards scholarships annually to deserving young people in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia with plans to expand nationally in 2015. Members of the Association include Dominic D'Alessandro, David Foster, Wayne Gretzky, Rebecca MacDonald, the late G. Wallace F. McCain, The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, Jim Pattison, Isadore Sharp, Prem Watsa, Rick Waugh, and Murray Edwards. Serge Godin will be inducted as the newest Canadian Association Member in April 2015. For more information, visit www.horatioalger.ca.


SOURCE Horatio Alger Association of Canada

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For further information: Adam Daifallah, HATLEY Strategy Advisors, 514.316.7089, adaifallah@hatleystrategies.com

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