California High School senior Brittany Ellington, daughter of Mike and Shelly Lutz, is one of 106 students nationwide selected to receive a 2018 Horatio Alger National Scholarship. The scholarship is for $25,000 for each student.
Ellington said the school counselors encouraged her to apply. The application was online and did not take a lot of time. According to the foundation which awards these scholarships, "This annual scholarship recognizes outstanding students, who, in the face of great adversity, have exhibited an admirable commitment to continuing their education and serving their communities."
Ellington agreed, saying it is "based on adversity and if you work or not." She is pleased to receive this scholarship, which is for $5,000 for the first three years of college and $10,000 for the fourth year. She has applied for a few other scholarships.
"I do value my future and my education, and I would like to finish college debt-free," Ellington said. She maintains a GPA of 3.87 and, when she graduates in May, will have 40 college credit hours. She plans to attend University of Missouri and pursue a bio-chemistry degree with a goal of then going to UMKC to enroll in its pharmacy program.
Ellington has been working at a local dentist's office. As a result, she is interested in a career in a medical-related field. She believes pharmacy will be a good fit. She said she faces a lot of adversity, and after she achieves her educational goals, wants to return to the community and work in a local pharmacy to give back.
She is active in the school and the community. As a part of the requirements of the National Honor Society, in which she holds a chapter office, Ellington does community work. In addition, she is a lifeguard at the swimming pool, and helps special needs children in water activities. She said this scholarship is really special, and it helps that many of the national scholars have said being one of the recipients provides an entire additional family.
The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., is a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education. The annual scholarships recognize outstanding students, who, in the face of great personal adversity, have exhibited an unwavering commitment to pursue their dreams through higher education. This annual scholarship recognizes outstanding students, who, in the face of great adversity, have exhibited an admirable commitment to continuing their education and serving their communities. Horatio Alger Association administers one of the nation's largest privately-funded, need-based financial aid programs to young men and women having awarded more than $125 million in scholarships to more than 25,000 deserving students since 1984.
"The Association is pleased to award this year's selection of outstanding students with the 2018 Horatio Alger National Scholarship," said Matthew Rose, president of Horatio Alger Association and 2013 Horatio Alger Award recipient. "Despite the significant challenges these students have faced in their young lives, they are deeply committed to pursuing higher education and serving their communities. My fellow Members and I applaud their perseverance and look forward to supporting and mentoring each of these Scholars as they continue on their journey towards a bright future." Each National Scholar will also receive a trip to Washington, D.C. on April 5-7, 2018 to attend the Horatio Alger National Scholars Conference (NSC) and participate in college-preparedness and other educational sessions.