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PMSD student earns prestigious Horatio Alger National Scholarship

 A Pocono Mountain School District student has earned a prestigious national scholarship awarded to only 106 exceptional high school students in 2017.

Michael Medaugh, a senior at PM East High School, is a recipient of the 2017 Horatio Alger National Scholarship. These annual scholarships of $25,000 recognize outstanding students, who, in the face of great personal adversity, have exhibited an abiding commitment to continuing their education and serving their communities.
 Michael Medaugh
The 2017 Horatio Alger Association National Scholars are students who come from households with an average income of $12,775 per year. Each National Scholarship recipient is awarded $25,000 to apply toward the educational costs of the college or university of their choice. Additionally, National Scholars have access to a variety of Association-provided resources including college-preparedness seminars, counseling and referral services and mentoring programs.

As one of the nation's largest need-based college scholarship programs in the country, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need.

In addition to the scholarship, Michael traveled to Washington, D.C., on March 30 to attend the Horatio Alger National Scholars Conference (NSC) and participate in college-preparedness and other educational sessions. There, Michael and the other Horatio Alger Scholars are learning about the Horatio Alger Association, its esteemed Members and the various support and mentorship programs in which they can partake during their collegiate careers.

In conjunction with the NSC, National Scholars are being recognized at the Association’s 70th Horatio Alger Award Induction Ceremonies, during which the Association will induct 11 distinguished new Members – ranging from established CEOs to innovative entrepreneurs. The Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program and National Scholars Conference are funded through private donations from Association Members and Friends.