Los Gatos Weekly Times

Los Gatos student earns prestigiou­s national scholarshi­p

Najmann Mahbouba wins $25,000 to pursue college degree

- By Hannah Kanik hkanik @bayareanew­sgroup.com

A national nonprofit educationa­l organizati­on awarded Los Gatos High School student Najman Mahbouba a $25,000 scholarshi­p for college.

The Horatio Alger Associatio­n of Distinguis­hed Americans Inc. recognizes students who, in the face of great personal adversity, remain committed to pursuing higher education. The associatio­n gives students like Mahbouba financial resources and programmin­g like financial aid counseling, college selection advising, online seminars, and mental health support.

“Growing up, students are constantly hearing that education is paramount. It's an unmatched social mobility launchpad,” said Mahbouba in a press release. “But for some, the launchpad is positioned too high, just slightly out of reach. The Horatio Alger National Scholarshi­p closes this gap; it lifts high-achieving but underserve­d students and allows them to reach that launchpad.”

The organizati­on was establishe­d in 1947 to encourage young people to pursue their version of the American dream. Since the program was establishe­d, it has become one of the largest privately funded needbased scholarshi­p providers in North America.

By the 40th anniversar­y of the scholarshi­p program in 2024, more than $247 million will have been awarded in undergradu­ate, graduate, military veteran and career and technical education scholarshi­ps to more than 37,000 students.

“We remain dedicated to supporting deserving young people in pursuit of their dreams. Recently, it has become increasing­ly evident that we need to meet them where they are,” said James F. Dicke II, chairman of the associatio­n and 2015 Horatio Alger Award recipient. “The mental, physical and well-being of Horatio Alger scholars are just as important as decreasing financial burdens. We're proud to not only provide financial aid but valuable services in these areas as well.”

The 2023 Horatio Alger National Scholars came from households with an average income of $24,323 per year while maintainin­g an average weighted GPA of 4.0.

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