Last week in Washington, D.C., Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court presented Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot with the Horatio Alger Award. This prestigious honor recognizes Frank as a “Distinguished American” whose work has contributed to free enterprise and has inspired people to achieve the American Dream.
Almost 30 years ago, Frank founded Melaleuca to help typical American families get ahead in life. Because of his unwavering commitment to Melaleuca’s mission of enhancing lives, hundred of thousands of families receive a Melaleuca check every month. As a champion of the “little guy,” Frank has long understood that people can best find true happiness in life when they are in control of their own lives and not subject to their jobs, their debts, or other demands on their time. Thanks to his vision, Melaleuca is successfully helping people reach their goals.
The Horatio Alger Award is given annually to accomplished American leaders who have not only overcome significant adversity to achieve success in their own lives, but who are dedicated to higher education, philanthropy, and helping others reach their dreams. Former recipients of this award are Ronald Reagan, Buzz Aldrin, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Brokaw, Dwight Eisenhower, Herbert Hoover, Tom Landry, Ray Kroc, Lou Dobbs, and Tom Selleck. A nonprofit educational organization, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans honors these outstanding leaders while also encouraging young people to achieve their goals through higher education by providing them with over $110 million in need-based college scholarships.