“Our 2008 members are a diverse group of individuals who serve as extraordinary role models for our nation’s most ambitious youth. Each of them has leveraged hard work, courage and determination to overcome extreme adversity and achieve the American Dream of wealth and success,” says Horatio Alger Association Chairman Dennis R. Washington. “For over 60 years, the Association has been dedicated to honoring those that have defied the odds. We are proud to continue that tradition this year.”
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In 1970, he purchased an earmold company, Starkey Labs, for $13,000, and consolidated his businesses under the name of Starkey Laboratories Inc. By 1973, his company was the world’s largest provider of ITE hearing aids. Today, Starkey Laboratories generates $420 million in annual sales and employs more than 3,700 people in 26 countries worldwide, according to the company.
Having established the Starkey Hearing Foundation (www.sotheworldmayhear.org) in 1973 to help poor Americans with hearing problems, he soon thereafter took this mission international. Now,
The association also announced two student scholars from
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The 61st annual events will take place in various historic landmarks in our nation’s capital such as the US Supreme Court, the US Department of State and DAR Constitution Hall. The events will provide an opportunity for some of the nation’s most impressive and determined young people to learn firsthand about the philosophies and experiences that helped the 2008 Horatio Alger Award recipients surmount significant obstacles to achieve successful lives.
Also being inducted in April are J. Robert Beyster, retired chairman and CEO, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC); Gary P. Brinson, founder and chairman, The Brinson Foundation; Joseph “Joe” Clark, chairman, Aviation Partners Boeing and chairman and CEO, Aviation Partners Inc; Hadi Makarechian, chairman and CEO, Capital Pacific Holdings, Inc; G. Wallace F. McCain, cofounder and vice chairman,
McCain Foods Limited and chairman, Maple Leaf Foods Inc; Lee E. Mikles, cofounder, president and CEO, FutureFuel Corporation; Joseph R. Moderow, senior vice president, general counsel and board member (retired), United Parcel Service; Aulana L. Peters, retired partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; and Robert J. Schlegel, chairman and CEO, Pavestone Company LP.
Founded in 1947, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans has as its mission to honor the achievements of outstanding individuals in our society who have succeeded in spite of adversity and of encouraging young people to pursue their dreams through higher education. The Horatio Alger Association offers scholarships through three annual programs: the National Scholarship Program, State Scholarship Programs for high school seniors and the Horatio Alger Military Veterans Scholarship Program for