Horatio Alger Association of Canada opens scholarship application process from coast to coast to coast

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, August 2, 2016 – The Horatio Alger Association of Canada announced today the opening of its online scholarship application process for students across Canada beginning their post-secondary studies in the fall of 2017.

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 at outstanding applicants nation-wide 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, 2016 deadline. The application form 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, more than $1.5 million in scholarships have been awarded to more than 300 deserving young Canadians.

“We are thrilled to offer deserving students across this great country the opportunity to earn a post-secondary education,” said Prem Watsa, President of the Horatio Alger Association of Canada and a Member since 2012. “Education is the key to prosperity, and as an Association, we believe these scholarships to be an investment in Canada’s future.”

“This scholarship is a can’t-miss opportunity,” said Solomiya Salo, a fourth-year Ryerson University student who was awarded a Horatio Alger scholarship in 2012. “In my last year of high school, I had nobody left to rely on financially and I worried about how I would pay for my university studies. The Horatio Alger Association gave me the resources I needed to successfully continue my education and pursue my ambitions.”

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 Dominic D’Alessandro, Murray Edwards, David Foster, 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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