WASHINGTON D.C. - Harold Matzner was inducted into the 2017 Member Class of the Horatio Alger Association on Monday, April 3. Matzner was presented with the award by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
According to a release from spokesman Steven Wilson, the event took place during the Association's 70th Horatio Alger Award Induction Ceremonies in Washington, D.C.
The Horatio Alger Association honored Harold, as well 10 other individuals, all of whom represent its core values – perseverance, integrity and a commitment to excellence – with lifetime membership into the organization.
- Alain Bouchard, founder and executive chairman of the board, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
- John Elway, executive vice president of football operations/general manager, Denver Broncos
- Mellody Hobson, president, Ariel Investments, LLC
- Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, president and dean, Morehouse School of Medicine
- Roger S. Penske, chairman, Penske Corporation
- Byron Pitts, chief national correspondent, ABC News and co-anchor, ABC News 'Nightline'
- John H. Scully, co-founder and managing partner, SPO Partners & Co.
- Richard J Stephenson, founder & chairman, Cancer Treatment Centers of America and founder & chairman, International Capital & Management Company
- Marcia G. Taylor, president and chief executive officer, Bennett International Group, LLC
- Lenard B. Tessler, vice chairman and senior managing director, Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.
The three-day event honored the achievements of both Members and National Scholars, affording both groups the opportunity to meet and interact, exchanging stories of hardships and triumphs, Wilson said in the news release.
Officials said 116 high school seniors were also honored during the weekend festivities. The young men and women were selected from thousands of applicants across the United States to receive the Horation Alger National Scholarhship, valued at $25,000.
“As always, it was a privilege to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of the 2017 Horatio Alger
Members and National Scholars,” said Tony Novelly, chairman, Horatio Alger Association. “Their stories of
personal strength and resilience serve as important reminders that the American Dream is still thriving in
the United States today. The Association’s mission reaffirms that with hard work and determination,
anything is possible in this country. Horatio Alger Members and Scholars truly embody these values. Their
successes are inspiring, and my fellow Members and I are proud to be a part of an organization that
recognizes such exceptional individuals.”