To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger Canadian Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:
The Association honours the achievements of Canadians who have succeeded in spite of adversity and who encourage young people to pursue their dreams through higher education. These exceptional individuals receive the prestigious International Horatio Alger Award and are inducted into the Horatio Alger Association of Canada as lifelong Members. Through its Members, the Association educates Canadian youth about the economic and personal opportunities afforded to them by the free-enterprise system. The Association also awards need-based scholarships annually to deserving students across Canada, who have financial need and who have persevered through adversity. In addition, the Association mentors its Scholars and underscores the importance of helping others. Members work directly to provide promising young people with the support, education and confidence needed to realize their aspirations.
To induct as Members of the Association contemporary role models whose experiences exemplify that opportunities for a successful life are available to all individuals who are dedicated to the principles of integrity, hard work, perseverance and compassion for others. To provide scholarship assistance to deserving young Canadians who have demonstrated integrity and determination in overcoming adversity, academic potential, and the personal aspiration to make a unique contribution to society. To mentor scholarship recipients and educate all youth about the limitless possibilities that are available through the free market system, while underscoring the importance of service to others.