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Santee Student Selected as Horatio Alger Scholar, Shows 'Strength and Resiliance'

Richard Boyer, of Santana High School, is one of 106 students in the nation to be named as 2014 Horatio Alger National Scholars, a prestigious scholarship given to hard working students who have faced conquered obstacles in their lives.

Each recipient is awarded $21,000 to apply toward the tuition of the college or university of their choice. Additionally, National Scholars will have access to organization resources, including assistance for the selection of and preparation for college, access to guidance and crisis counselors as well as mentoring programs. 

Scholars come from households with an average income of $15,000 per year. These students average a 3.8 GPA and a mean SAT score of 1,684, which is more than 100 points above the national average. 

“Horatio Alger Scholars possess remarkable strength and resilience,” said David Sokol, chairman of Horatio Alger Association. “We are immensely proud to support these young people who have not let adversity or financial need hinder their pursuit of a good education. Horatio Alger Association is confident of their success and proud to assist as they seek to share in the American Dream.”

Each new National Scholar will also receive an all‐expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. where they are invited to attend the Association’s annual three‐day event.

Two other San Diego area students were selected for the scholarship: Brandon Brizuela, of San Diego Met Career/Tech High School, and Mekenna Brown, of San Marcos High School.

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