New vocational and technical education scholarship program launched by Horatio Alger Association of Canada

– Scholarships available to students in every province and territory –

 MONTREAL, QUEBEC, May 30, 2019 – The Horatio Alger Association of Canada, the nation’s largest provider of need-based scholarships, today announced the launch of a scholarship for vocational and technical studies. This scholarship can be used for trade and career programs at non-profit schools across Canada.

In total, 25 Horatio Alger Vocational & Technical Education Scholarships valued at $3,000 each will be awarded to students this year.

To qualify, an applicant must have completed high school (or earned high school equivalency credentials) by the spring of 2019, be enrolled in a three-years-or-less career or technical degree/certificate program in the fall of 2019, be under the age of 30, and be a Canadian citizen.

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. The Association offers separate scholarships for undergraduate studies. Since 2012, over $5.1 million in scholarships have been awarded to 866 deserving young Canadians.

“We are thrilled to expand our Horatio Alger scholarship program by including awards for vocational and technical education,” said Prem Watsa, President of the Horatio Alger Association of Canada and a Member since 2012. “Trades form the backbone of our society and we are proud to support determined young Canadians pursue their dreams.”

Students are encouraged to file their applications before the July 15, 2019 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, 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, HATLEY Strategy Advisors, 514.316.7082, [email protected]

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