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Four Surrey secondary students have been awarded scholarships of $5,000 apiece from the Horatio Alger Association.
The scholarships are awarded annually by the charitable organization to deserving students nationwide who have overcome significant adversity, while demonstrating strength of character, academic excellence, a desire to contribute to society and a commitment to pursuing higher education.
Surrey students Woojin Lim (Fraser Heights Secondary), Reina Li (Panorama Ridge Secondary), Lydia Kim (Kwantlen Park Secondary) and Mutte Chen (Semiahmoo Secondary) were all named 2018 Horatio Alger Canadian Scholars. Eighty-five students from across Canada were chosen to receive the scholarship.
"This was a stand-out year for our association in terms of the number of applications received and the quality of the applicant pool. Choosing winners was a difficult task," said Prem Watsa, president of the Horatio Alger Association. "We are honoured to help them as they strive to overcome adversity and obtain a good education."
Thousands of applications were received for the needs-based scholarship, with most coming from low-income households and many candidates having experienced hardships such as abandonment by a parent, abuse, disability/serious illness, and drug or alcohol abuse in the home.
Nevertheless, the average award recipient maintains an academic average of 89 percent and more than half also manage to hold down jobs during the school year.
Check here for a full list of recipients.