Horatio Alger Association of Canada opens scholarship application process nationwide

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, AUGUST 1, 2017 – The Horatio Alger Association of Canada today announced the opening of its online scholarship application process for students across Canada beginning their post-secondary studies in the fall of 2018.

A total of 85 need-based scholarships will be awarded:

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

Students are encouraged to file their applications before the October 25, 2017 deadline. The application can be found on the Horatio Alger Association of Canada’s website at

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 both university or career and technical studies. Since 2012, over $2.5 million in scholarships have been awarded to 518 deserving young Canadians.

“As we mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Members of the Horatio Alger Association of Canada see no greater way to celebrate our country than to help deserving students earn a post-secondary education,” said Prem Watsa, President of the Horatio Alger Association of Canada and a Member since 2012. “While this year provides an opportunity to salute the men and women who built this great nation, we should also look optimistically toward Canada’s future. The 85 hard-working students who will receive these scholarships represent the next generation of Canadian pioneers.”

“This scholarship will change your life,” said Phillip Kelly, an environmental studies student entering his first semester at Seneca College, who was awarded a Horatio Alger National Entrepreneurial Scholarship in 2017 and attended the Horatio Alger National Scholars Conference in Washington, D.C. “Between the scholarship and the conference, I am still in awe with regards to what the Association is able to do for me. The experience is something I will always take with me wherever I go. I hope to one day become a Member so that I myself can give back.”

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, 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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