Horatio Alger Association of Canada further expands scholarship giving

– Doubles number of scholarships given nationwide –


MONTREAL, QUEBEC, August 1, 2018 – The Horatio Alger Association of Canada, the nation’s largest provider of need-based scholarships, today announced the opening of its scholarship application process for students across Canada beginning their university studies in the fall of 2019.

Beginning this year, a total of 170 need-based scholarships will be awarded:

  • 160 Horatio Alger Canadian Scholarships, valued at $5,000 each, to high school students in every province and territory with plans to attend university, and;
  • 10 Horatio Alger National Entrepreneurial Scholarships, worth $10,000 each, to outstanding applicants nationwide who intend to pursue a business-related degree or have expressed a commitment to following an entrepreneurial career.

Horatio Alger scholarships are awarded to deserving 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. A specialized scholarship for vocational and technical studies will be announced in the spring of 2019. Since 2012, over $3.19 million in scholarships have been awarded to 645 deserving young Canadians.

“We are so pleased to help even more hard working young Canadians by doubling the number of scholarships offered this year from 85 to 170,” said Prem Watsa, President of the Horatio Alger Association of Canada and a Member since 2012. “Every year, the Members of the Horatio Alger Association of Canada are heartened to see the thousands of applications pour in from hard working young students across the country.”

Students are encouraged to file their applications before the October 25, 2018 deadline. The application form can be found on the Horatio Alger Association of Canada’s website at

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 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, 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, HATLEY Strategy Advisors, 514.316.7082, [email protected]

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