PSU alumnus H. Lee Scott, Jr. (BBA, ‘71), is a recipient of the 2018 Horatio Alger Award.

H. Lee Scott, Jr.

H. Lee Scott, Jr.

For more than 70 years, the Horatio Alger Award has been annually bestowed upon admired leaders who have succeeded despite facing adversities, and who have remained committed to higher education and charitable efforts in their local communities.

Scott grew up in Baxter Springs, Kansas, and paid his way through college by working at an hourly wage factory job making steel tire molds. Lee’s brother, Steve, also graduated from PSU and is now serving as the university’s ninth president.

Lee went on to become the president and CEO of Walmart. During his final year in that role, Walmart was the best performing stock in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Lee was known for his efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower prescription drug costs, and build a more responsible global supply chain.

The performance hall in PSU’s Bicknell Family Center for the Arts is named for Lee and his wife, Linda, in honor of a $5 million contribution made by the Walton Foundation in their name. In 2015, the couple donated more than $2 million to endow a national speaker series at PSU.