Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 14, 2013
Canadian business icon Isadore Sharp has been selected to receive the International Horatio Alger Award in 2013, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. announced today.
The International Horatio Alger Award is currently presented to one exceptional individual from Canada each year who has persevered through adversity to become a successful entrepreneur or community leader. Mr. Sharp will be honored in Washington, D.C., during the 66th Annual Horatio Alger Awards Induction Ceremonies from April 4-6, 2013.
“The Association is proud to salute Isadore Sharp – a man of exceptional achievement. We are grateful to him for joining in our efforts to enable more and more young people to achieve their dreams through higher education,” said Paul Anthony Novelly, President and CEO of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans Inc.
Isadore Sharp is the Founder and Chairman of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. The son of Polish immigrants, Mr. Sharp grew up in Toronto’s Jewish ghetto and moved 15 times by the age of 16. After working in construction, he founded the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto in 1961, at the age of 29.
Over the next five decades, Mr. Sharp grew Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts into what it is today – a luxury hotel chain boasting 90 properties in 36 countries. Today, Mr. Sharp remains Chairman of the company, which was taken private in a $3.4 billion transaction in 2007.
“I am truly honored and humbled to receive this award,” said Mr. Sharp.
Recipients of this award become lifelong members of the Horatio Alger Association in the United States and Canada, and they serve as role models for its young scholarship recipients. Past winners of the International Horatio Alger Award include Dominic D’Alessandro, David Foster, Wayne Gretzky, Rebecca MacDonald, the late G. Wallace F. McCain, former Canadian Prime Minister M. Brian Mulroney, Jim Pattison, Robert J. Schlegel, Prem Watsa and Rick Waugh.
About the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc.
Founded in 1947, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. honors the achievements of outstanding individuals in our society whose determination and hard work have enabled them to overcome life’s obstacles to achieve success. As a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, the Association provides college scholarships and mentorship to at-risk students who demonstrate courage in the face of adversity and dedication to pursuing higher education. Since the inception of its scholarship programs in 1984, the Association has awarded almost $100 million to nearly 20,000 students across the United States. To learn more, please visit: http://www.horatioalger.org.
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