Reba McEntire and 11 other inductees will be honored with the 2018 Horatio Alger Award at a special ceremony in Washington D.C. in April. For more than 70 years, the award has been given annually to exceptional leaders who have succeeded despite facing adversities, and who have remained committed to higher education and charitable efforts in their local communities. Other recipients of the award in 2018 include actor Rob Lowe, Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches founder Jimmy John Liautaud, former Walmart CEO H. Lee Scott, Jr., and more.
McEntire and the Member Class of 2018 will be formally inducted into the Association on April 5-7, 2018, during the Association’s 71st Horatio Alger Award Induction Ceremonies in Washington, D.C. The annual three-day event honors the achievements of both Members and National Scholars, affording both groups the opportunity to meet and interact, exchanging stories of hardships and triumphs.
“I always say that you need three things to succeed in life: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone. These qualities have served me well in every part of my life, and I have no doubt my fellow honorees would agree,” said Ms. McEntire. “I am honored to be inducted into the Horatio Alger Association, and I can’t wait to meet our 2018 Scholars and help them in any way I can to reach their own dreams.”
Through its Members, the Horatio Alger Association aims to educate young people about the limitless opportunities afforded to them by the free-enterprise system. To further this mission, the organization awards scholarships to outstanding high school students who are committed to pursuing higher education and giving back to their communities. Like Association Members, Horatio Alger Scholars have faced significant adversities, but have also displayed unmatched resilience in overcoming their challenges. Since the scholarship program was established in 1984, Horatio Alger Association has provided more than $125 million to students in need, all of which has been funded solely through the generosity of Association Members and friends.
The latest inductees join an esteemed group of just over 200 living Members, including Oprah Winfrey, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Brokaw, and others in the media and entertainment industry.
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