Taylor earns Horatio Alger Award

Special to the Times

Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education, today announced that Marcia G. Taylor, president and chief executive officer, Bennett International Group, LLC, has been selected for membership in the prestigious organization. Ms. Taylor joins 10 other esteemed business and civic leaders from across North America in receiving this honor in 2017. For the last 70 years, the Horatio Alger Award has been annually bestowed upon admirable leaders who have succeeded despite facing adversity, and who are committed to higher education and charitable efforts in their local communities.

Marcia Taylor. Special photo

“Marcia embodies the core values of the Horatio Alger Association, including perseverance, hard work and a proven strength of character during immensely difficult times,” said Byron Trott, president, Horatio Alger Association and 2011 Horatio Alger Award recipient. “Her unwavering drive and fierce independence will surely inspire and motivate our Scholars as they embark on their own personal journeys. We are proud to recognize Marcia’s outstanding professional and personal accomplishments and we look forward to welcoming her as a 2017 Horatio Alger Member.”

Ms. Taylor believes deeply in giving back to the community, and has worked diligently to ensure that philanthropy plays an important role in the culture at Bennett. In 2012, her family established the Taylor Family Foundation, of which Ms. Taylor is the CEO. The foundation allocates a percentage of Bennett’s quarterly earnings to charities in the greater Atlanta area and across the country. In addition, she donates her time and talent to many local and national boards, including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation – Henry County Branch, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Council of National Policy and United Community Bank. She is particularly passionate about issues affecting women’s health, and is the former chairman of the board at Piedmont Henry Hospital, to which she was the lead donor of the Marcia G. Taylor Women’s Center. Ms. Taylor has been honored with several prominent awards, including the 2014 “Influential Woman in Trucking Award” and the 2012 “NDTA National Transportation Award.” She was also selected as “Atlanta Woman of the Year” in 2008 and named the Boy Scouts of America’s “Golden Eagle Honoree” in 2015.

“Receiving the Horatio Alger Award is incredibly humbling and I’m honored to have the opportunity to work with such an impactful organization,” said Ms. Taylor. “I, along with the other individuals who are being recognized this year, understand that life isn’t always easy. We’ve all had to overcome obstacles, but with determination and self-confidence, anything is possible. My goal as a Member of the Association is to encourage each Scholar to believe in the power of his or her abilities and always aim higher than they thought possible.”

Through its Members, Horatio Alger Association aims to educate young people about the limitless opportunities afforded to them by the free-enterprise system. To further this goal, the organization awards scholarships to outstanding high school students who are committed to pursuing higher education and giving back to their communities. Like Association Members, Horatio Alger Scholars have faced significant adversities, but have also displayed unmatched resilience in overcoming their challenges. Since the scholarship program was established in 1984, Horatio Alger Association has provided more than $125 million to students in need. Scholarships are privately funded solely through the generosity of Association Members, Life Partners and friends.

Ms. Taylor and the Member Class of 2017 will be formally inducted into the Association on March 30-April 1, 2017, during the Association’s 70th Horatio Alger Award Induction Ceremonies in Washington, D.C. The annual three-day event honors the achievements of both Members and National Scholars, affording both groups the opportunity to meet and interact, exchanging stories of hardships and triumphs.

For more information about Horatio Alger Association and its Member Class of 2017, please visit www.horatioalger.org and/or follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.