<img class=" wp-image-43765 alignright" src="https:\/\/theenterprise.net\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/23\/2021\/02\/ububjknm.jpg" alt="" width="234" height="176" \/>Whitley Manns, a Patrick County High School student from Stuart, was one of 106 students from across the country to receive a $25,000 through 2021 Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program.\r\n\r\n<a href="http:\/\/www.horatioalger.org\/">Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc.<\/a>, a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education, today announced the 106 recipients of its prestigious 2021 Horatio Alger National Scholarship. These annual scholarships recognize outstanding students, who, in the face of great personal adversity, remain committed to obtaining a college degree.\r\n\r\nThe Horatio Alger Association was established in 1947 to dispel the belief among young people that the American Dream was no longer attainable. Since the establishment of its scholarship programs in 1984, the Horatio Alger Association has become one of the largest privately-funded, need-based scholarship providers in the United States and Canada. Today, through its Members, the Association continues to educate American and Canadian students about the economic and personal opportunities afforded them through the two nations\u2019 free-enterprise systems. The Association anticipates awarding a total of $235 million in scholarships to more than 35,000 deserving students by its 75th\u00a0anniversary in 2022.\r\n\r\n\u201cOur organization is thrilled to recognize these 106 remarkable Scholars,\u201d said James F. Dicke II, president, Horatio Alger Association and 2015 Horatio Alger Award recipient. \u201cThese students have remained dedicated to furthering their education and giving back to their communities while overcoming many personal adversities, not to mention the additional challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Association is proud to support these remarkable young people and we look forward to witnessing all they will achieve.\u201d\r\n\r\n2021 Horatio Alger National Scholars are students who come from households with an average income of $18,871 per year while maintaining an average GPA of 3.88. Each National Scholarship recipient is awarded $25,000 to apply toward educational costs of the college or university of their choice and will have access to a variety of Association-provided resources including counseling and referral services, career exploration opportunities and Alumni connections.\r\n\r\n\u201cOur 2021 National Scholars affirm the Association\u2019s belief that hard work, honesty and determination can conquer all obstacles,\u201d said Terrence J. Giroux, executive director, Horatio Alger Association. \u201cThrough our mission, we will continue to provide promising young people the resources, mentorship and confidence needed to be successful in whatever it is they choose to do.\u201d\r\n\r\nIn addition to the scholarship, each National Scholar will receive a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the Horatio Alger National Scholars Conference (NSC) and participate in college preparedness and other educational sessions. There, Horatio Alger Scholars will have an opportunity to learn about the Association, its esteemed Members and the various support programs in which they can partake during their collegiate careers. In conjunction with the NSC, National Scholars will also be recognized at the Association\u2019s 74th\u00a0Horatio Alger Award Induction Ceremonies, during which the Association will induct the 2021 class of New Members who are all accomplished corporate, civic and cultural leaders. The Horatio Alger Scholarship Program is wholly funded through private donations from Association Members and friends.\r\n\r\nAwarded Scholars come from households with an average income of $18,871 per year yet maintain an average GPA of 3.88. In addition to the $25,000 scholarship, when it is safe to do so, they will travel to Washington, D.C. to meet their fellow Scholars and the\u00a0<a href="https:\/\/horatioalger.org\/members\/about-our-members\/">Horatio Alger Members<\/a>\u00a0who fund the scholarship programs \u2013 prominent civic, corporate and cultural leaders including\u00a0Rob Lowe, Reba McEntire, Jewel Kilcher and more.\r\n\r\nThe Horatio Alger Association administers one of the nation\u2019s largest privately funded, need-based college financial aid programs, and anticipates awarding a total of $235 million in scholarships to more than 35,000 deserving students by its 75th\u00a0anniversary in 2022.