A John F. Kennedy High School student was one of 106 outstanding students in the United States to receive the prestigious Horatio Alger National Scholarship.
Shadidur Rahman, student at the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Academy, received the $22,000 scholarship Wednesday.
Rahman was one of three New Jersey students to receive the scholarship. The other New Jerseyans were Newark student Nathan Santos and Millville student Breeann Stowe. All recipients of the scholarship maintained an average 3.7 grade-point-average, earned an average 26 ACT score which is five points higher than the national average, and come from households with an average $14,329 income, according to the Horatio Alger Association.
“The 2016 Horatio Alger National Scholars demonstrate remarkable strength, courage and resilience in their pursuit of the American Dream,” Tony Novelly, chairman of the Horatio Alger Association, said. “Despite having faced significant challenges in their young lives, these students remain dedicated to their studies and find time to give back to their communities. As the future leaders of this country, our Association Members, Life Partners and Friends are honored to support these inspiring Scholars on their paths to achievement.”
Students will be able to apply the scholarship award towards education expenses at the college or university of their choice. They will also have access to many association provided resources like college preparedness seminars, counseling, referral services, and mentoring programs.
The 106 national scholarship recipients will also receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C. to attend and participate at the Horatio Alger National Scholars Conference. The conference features college preparedness and other educational sessions.
Recipients will also meet and learn from association members who overcame many challenges to further their education and achieve their dreams.
“Horatio Alger Association remains committed to recognizing young men and women who show exceptional promise and strength of character,” Byron Trott, president and CEO of the Horatio Alger Association, said.
The scholarships are funded through private donations from association members and friends.
“Past recipients of our National Scholarship have gone on to become extraordinarily successful – both personally and professionally – and I have no doubt that the 2016 Scholars will do the same,” Trott said. “We look forward to supporting them in their endeavors and encouraging them to pursue their own versions of the American dream.”