Two Wichita high-schoolers are among 106 students chosen to receive the prestigious Horatio Alger National Scholarship, one of the nation’s largest privately funded, need-based financial aid programs for college students.
Johnathan Ho, a senior at South High School, and Sierra Forester, a senior at East High, each will receive $22,000 to put toward the nonprofit college or university of their choice. They also will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., this spring to participate in the National Scholars Conference.
Students receiving the competitive scholarship had an average grade point average of 3.7 and a mean SAT score of 1,262, which is more than 250 points above the national average. They also had to demonstrate financial need, be involved in extracurricular or community service activities and display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity.
The goal of the Horatio Alger Scholarships is to help students pursue their dreams through higher education.