WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Shannon L. Houghtlin of Taconic High School has been named one of the 10 Massachusetts high school seniors to receive the Horatio Alger Massachusetts Scholarship.

The program is sponsored by the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans and association member Sidney D. Wolk.

Horatio Alger scholarship recipients have been chosen based on their demonstrated commitment to education, dedication to community service, and strength of character in overcoming personal obstacles to achieve academic excellence.

"It is a privilege to play a part in these young people's college education," said Tony Novelly, president and chief executive officer of the Horatio Alger Association. "They have already shown perseverance and courage in the face of adversity, and with opportunities made available through higher education and our free-enterprise system, there is no limit to the things they may achieve."

Each scholar will receive $5,000 that will go toward their college tuition, fees, books and on-campus room and board. In addition to the scholarship, the students have access to various support services and funding opportunities.


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