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Former Men's Tennis Standout Honored

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).

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