As one of the nation's largest need-based college scholarship programs in the country, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need.
The Sierra Family Scholarship is awarded to students who graduate from Miami Coral Park Senior High School and enroll in an accredited two- or four-year college or university. The scholarship is named after María and Horacio Sierra and their family. The couple dedicated their careers at Coral Park and their free time with the Miami Mini-Canes and Tamiami Park softball organizations to improving the lives of Miami's youth. Coral Park is a Title I school with a majority-Hispanic student, teacher, and staff population.