The Horatio Alger Association gives away hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarship money to students all around the country. One Astoria High School senior, Nathan Sutton, is the recipient of a $20,000 scholarship from the Association to attend a four-year postsecondary institution of his choice.
"The scholarship will allow me to worry less about funding my higher education as a whole, and making the ever-present threat of student loan debt less of an issue," said Nathan. "I want to get the most out of my education, and the scholarship will help me to do so."
Nathan's interest is in mathematics, specifically in computing and engineering. "I want to become either a computer programmer, and possibly get into the field of programming video games, or become a computer engineer and try to pioneer the technology of the future" he said.
Nathan is part of the Clatsop Community College TRiO pre-college Upward Bound Program which is dedicated to helping high school students prepare for college. His Upward Bound coordinator, Moria Golub, as part of the broad array of services she provides, helped Nathan apply for scholarships and submit applications to the colleges of his choice.
Golub said Nathan is held in high esteem by teachers and students alike. "Students automatically look to Nathan for leadership. He has a demeanor that seems to elicit trust and respect. His attitude towards academics is positive and proactive and he always follows through."
The Horatio Alger Association Scholarship is given to students who have overcome adversities and hardships in their lives and succeeded in spite of those challenges. The scholarship also requires that the student has a desire to complete a bachelor's degree at an accredited institution, has critical financial need, and is involved in co-curricular and community activities.