The Horatio Alger Association awarded the 2012 Dennis R. Washington Achievement Scholarship to 2002 Horatio Alger National Scholar Michael J. Foley of Wailuku.
The scholarship program is designed to provide financial assistance to Horatio Alger National and State Scholars who are interested in pursuing graduate, medical or law degrees.
"We are proud of the accomplishments these young men and women have been able to achieve during their undergraduate studies," said Terrence Giroux, executive director of the Horatio Alger Association, "We are pleased to help them continue their careers in higher education."
Foley earned his bachelor's of arts degree from Colorado College and majored in environmental science with a concentration in physics. He earned a master's degree in civil engineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he is currently working on his doctorate in the same subject.
Each scholarship winner receives up to $20,000 per year for a master's degree and up to $30,000 per year for a doctoral or professional degree.
Founded in 1947, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans celebrates those individuals in our society whose determination and hard work enabled them to overcome life's obstacles to achieve success, according to a news release.
For more information, visit www.horatioalger.org.