TOLLESON, AZ - A Harvard graduate student from the Valley was awarded a prestigious national scholarship for his efforts in his schooling.
Marcos Valdez, of Tolleson, was awarded the Horatio Alger grant for his achievements in academics.
Before Harvard, Valdez attended Arizona State University where he majored in math and economics and minored in international business.
At ASU, he was named a Be a Leader Scholar. Valdez is currently enrolled in two master's programs at Harvard— business and public policy.
According to the Horatio Alger Association, the scholarship program's purpose is to provide financial assistance to scholars who are pursuing graduate, medical or law degrees.
Each scholarship winner receives up to $20,000 per year for a master's degree and $30,000 per year for a professional or a doctoral degree, according to the association.