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U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman delivered opening remarks announcing the nationwide expansion of the Horatio Alger Association of Canada’s (HAAC) scholarship program at the press conference on May 19, 2015. Association Members The Right Honorable Brian Mulroney, Rebecca MacDonald, Isadore Sharp, Prem Watsa and Rick Waugh announced a new $10 million endowment available to high school students in all Canadian provinces and territories at the event. The HAAC has provided scholarships to economically disadvantaged youth in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, and British Columbia since 2009. In the United States, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans was established in 1947 to dispel the mounting belief that the American dream was no longer attainable. It provides scholarships to youth in every U.S. state facing adversity and provides post-secondary scholarships and mentorship support.
“Horatio Alger opened doors of opportunity that otherwise would not have existed,” said Ambassador Heyman during his remarks. “In fact, I would like to take this moment to recognize one of our own officers from the U.S. Mission to Canada, who happens to be a proud Horatio Alger alumnus: Wesley Jeffers, who joins me here today. Wes is proof that the Horatio Alger Scholarship Program changes lives and lends a helping hand to those who deserve it the most. With the Canada-wide launch, we look forward to seeing the many bright scholars who will benefit from this program.”