Thursday, December 2, 2010
Horatio Alger was a 19th Century author who wrote Juvenile tales about bootblacks, newsboys and buskers who start living on the streets of New York and end up living in a middle class society.
In the early 20th Century Dr Kenneth Beebe and Dr Norman Vincent Peale were inspired by Alger's stories, and they founded the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans Inc.
The company was established in 1947 and their aim was to give people the chance to pursue their own dreams and keep the hope of the American Dream alive. They provided many awards to men and women who extend the Horatio's values of freedom, education and opportunity.
In 2007 the Horatio Alger State Scholarship program extended to 29 states.
This Scholarship is for families in critical financial need. With this they get the opportunity to send their children to college and allow them to get the education they need in able to get a good job.
This would have been perfect for the character of Ragged Dick. He would have been able to get off the streets and get into an education and have some stability in life.
This Scholarship gives people the opportunities and the luck that were given to Dick.
This is a video of one student who was helped by the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans Inc.