BIDWELL — A River Valley High School Senior has earned quite the honor as she prepares for post secondary education.
Leanne Hively has been awarded the coveted Horatio Alger Association’s Scholarship: A sum of $25,000 for college and an all expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. to meet with the Horatio Alger Association at its annual conference.
Hively was selected as one of 116 recipients of the award, which in turn were selected from over 40,000 applicants across the United States and Canada. Students are selected according to excellence in academics and dealing with adversity in life; both of which Hively has done well, according to educators like Cindy Graham, who speak highly or the RVHS senior when it comes to her character and as a disciplined student.
“Leanne is an excellent student, she is a leader in her classes and we’re proud of what she’s done,” Graham said.
Hively has tentative plans to join the ranks of The Ohio State University in the fall studying physical therapy. She has also been accepted into the Dunn Wellness Scholars program.
According to the Alger Association, the scholarship is unique in its criteria among national scholarships, stating: “The Horatio Alger Scholarship Program awards students who have exhibited determination, integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity…”
This program has award $125 million in scholarships since 1984 to students. Famous awardees of the Horatio Alger Award include astronaut Buzz Aldrin, baseball great Hank Aaron, President Ronald Reagan, artist Johnny Cash, and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Hively was able to meet Justice Thomas on her trip to the association’s annual conference.