170 scholarships of up to $10,000 awarded by the Horatio Alger Association of Canada

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, January 30, 2020 – The Horatio Alger Association of Canada, a charitable organization dedicated to the simple but powerful belief that hard work, honesty and determination can conquer all obstacles, today unveiled the 170 students chosen to receive its post-secondary scholarships.

The winners include 10 recipients of the $10,000 Horatio Alger National Entrepreneurial Scholarships, awarded to students who demonstrate a desire and ability to be entrepreneurial in a chosen field, and 160 Horatio Alger Canadian Scholarships valued at $5,000 each.

Prem Watsa, the President of the Horatio Alger Association of Canada and a Member of the organization since 2012, congratulated this year’s winners.

“2020 marks a milestone for the Association. With these 170 new Horatio Alger Scholars, we will have awarded scholarships to over one thousand hard-working Canadian students since the program’s inception in 2012,” said Mr. Watsa. “On behalf of the Members of the Horatio Alger Association, I want to congratulate the class of 2020 on all they have achieved, and all they will continue to achieve as they seek a higher education.”

Horatio Alger scholarships are awarded annually to deserving high school students in financial need who have overcome significant adversity while demonstrating strength of character, strong academics, a commitment to pursuing higher education as well as a desire to contribute to society. Funds can be used for university studies.

In addition to these 170 scholarships, the Association will offer 25 Vocational & Technical Education scholarships, 45 Fairfax Financial Holdings Entrance Awards, and five Indigenous Achievement scholarships later this year.

Since 2012, $6.28 million in scholarships have been awarded to 1,126 deserving young Canadians. Annually, the Association awards $1.2 million in need-based scholarships to 245 students.

The Association received thousands of applications from coast to coast to coast, with each submission confirming the necessity of these needs-based scholarships:

  • The average annual family income of the recipients was $29,575;
  • 29% suffered from physical, mental, or sexual abuse;
  • 26% of the scholars experienced abandonment by a parent or guardian;
  • 24% faced drug or alcohol abuse in the household;
  • 18% experienced disability or serious illness;
  • 11% faced the death of a parent or guardian;
  • 6% experienced the incarceration of a parent or guardian;
  • 5% are wards of the state or in foster care;
  • 4% have faced homelessness.

Nevertheless, the average recipient maintains an exceptional GPA of 3.74.

For the complete list of the scholarship recipients, please visit

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 charitable 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 who have succeeded in spite of adversity by bestowing to them the Horatio Alger Award and granting them lifetime membership into the Association. Through the generosity of Horatio Alger Members, the Horatio Alger Association of Canada awards scholarships annually to deserving young people in every province and territory. Members of the Association include Alain Bouchard, Dominic D’Alessandro, Murray Edwards, Serge Godin, Wayne Gretzky, Jay S. Hennick, the Right Honourable David Johnston, Rebecca MacDonald, the late G. Wallace F. McCain, the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, Jim Pattison, Gerald W. Schwartz, Isadore Sharp, Prem Watsa and Rick Waugh. For more information, visit The Association can also be found on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.



Tom Kott, Teneo, 514.316.7082, [email protected]

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