The Horatio Alger Association of Distin-guished Americans recently inducted John Paul DeJoria, chairman and chief executive officer of John Paul Mitchell Systems, as an honored lifetime member. Mr. DeJoria was selected from hundreds of nominations based on having overcome humble beginnings and adversity to achieve success.
Members of the association mentor young people and sponsor more than $5 million in Horatio Alger need-based scholarships awarded annually to high school seniors who have proven their ability to overcome childhood adversities and humble beginnings. Since 1947, 10 Americans have been selected annually for induction as members of the assocation. Prominent American inductees include Secretary of State Colin Powell, boxing legend George Foreman, Reverend Billy Graham, entrepreneur H. Wayne Huizenga, actor James Earl Jones and entertainer Carol Burnett.