Nov. 16, 1999
Thomas C. Cundy, CEO of Cundy Insurance Company, was selected to
receive the 2000 Horatio Alger Award. Cundy, who starred for the FSU men’s
tennis team from 1952-55, has gone on to achieve great success in life as
the head of one of the nation’s leading employee benefit firms. He was
chosen as one of only 10 recipients from around the nation.
The award, established in 1847, borrows its namesake from the great nineteenth century American author famous for his stories that showcased
the end result of hard work and perseverance. Recipients of the award
possess many of the same virtues as the protagonists in Alger’s novels.
Nominees are selected based on their position as role models to the youth
in their community, their personal accomplishments and their triumph over
adversity in their ascent to success.
The purpose of the award is to provide the youth of America with
role models who have overcome struggles in their lives to achieve
outstanding success in their respective fields. Members of the Horatio
Alger Association, made up of past recipients, are active participants in
the lives of America’s youth. In 2000, the Association will award more than
$1.8 million in scholarships to college bound students.
The 53rd Annual Horatio Alger Awards Ceremony will be held at the
National Building Museum in Washington, D.C in May 2000. Ed McMahon, a 1984
Horatio Alger Award recipient, will serve as Master of Ceremonies at the
event. The ceremony will be filmed and broadcast nationally on Public
Broadcasting Service (PBS).