FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 11, 2020
AACC and Horatio Alger Association Partner to Provide Scholarships for Workforce Development
Program awards scholarships valued up to $2,500 to students who are pursuing career or technical education at community colleges across the United States.
Washington, DC – The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., are partnering to provide scholarships for career and technical education (CTE). Funded by Horatio Alger Members through the Horatio Alger Endowment Fund, the Career and Technical Education Scholarship Program awards scholarships valued up to $2,500 to students who are pursuing career or technical education at community colleges and training centers across the United States.
“Community colleges provide career and technical training to 5 million students each year,” Walter G. Bumphus, AACC’s president and CEO, said. “These students learn skills that will prepare them for jobs that pay a family-sustaining wage. Horatio Alger Career and Technical Education Scholarships will help students who are looking for an on-ramp to a better career. We are proud to work with the Association in providing these resources.”
Horatio Alger Association Executive Director Terrence J. Giroux stated, “We are grateful to AACC for helping us raise awareness about the availability of our CTE scholarships. The Association’s overall goal is to enable more young people to pursue higher education and experience their own versions of the American Dream. In addition to helping individual students, this support contributes to the economic strength of our nation.”
James F. Dicke II, Horatio Alger Association president, noted, “The Association seeks to award 1,020 new CTE scholarships each year. Since the inception of this scholarship program in 2016, more than $7,920,000 has been awarded to 3,168 students. We are proud of these accomplishments and look forward to helping more young people with CTE scholarships in the years ahead.”
Applications for 2021 CTE scholarships are currently being accepted. Eligible students will need to demonstrate financial need and commitment to pursuing certification that will enable them to move into the workforce in two years or less. For a full list of criteria and to apply, please click here.
As the voice of the nation’s community colleges, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) delivers educational and economic opportunity for nearly 12 million diverse students in search of the American Dream. Uniquely dedicated to access and success for all students, AACC’s more than 1,000 member colleges provide an on-ramp to degree attainment, skilled careers, and family-supporting wages. Located in Washington, D.C., AACC advocates for these not-for-profit, public-serving institutions to ensure they have the resources and support needed to deliver on the mission of increasing economic mobility for all.
About Horatio Alger Association
Founded in 1947, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., is dedicated to the simple but powerful belief that hard work, honesty, and determination can conquer all obstacles. The Association honors the achievements of outstanding leaders who have accomplished remarkable successes in spite of adversity by bestowing upon them the Horatio Alger Award and inducting them as lifetime Members. Horatio Alger Members support promising young people with the resources and confidence needed to overcome adversity in pursuit of their dreams through higher education. Through the generosity of its Members and friends, in 2020, the Association will award more than $21 million in undergraduate, graduate, and CTE need-based scholarships to 2,900 students across the United States and Canada, and provide support services to its Scholars. Since 1984, the Association has awarded more than $193 million in college scholarships to more than 27,000 deserving students. For more information, please visit www.horatioalger.org.