United Parcel Service, Inc. Chairman and CEO David P. Abney to Receive 2019 Horatio Alger Award - Marketwatch 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 David P. Abney, chairman and CEO, United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) has been selected for membership in this prestigious organization. Mr. Abney joins 12 other exceptional business, civic and cultural leaders from across North America in receiving 2019 honors. For more than 70 years, the Horatio Alger Award has been annually bestowed upon esteemed individuals who have succeeded despite facing adversities, and who have remained committed to higher education and charitable endeavors throughout their lives. Mr. Abney was raised in the Mississippi Delta, one of the poorest regions in the United States. His father sold insurance and his mother was a homemaker. Growing up in a family with modest means, Mr. Abney had limited options for higher education and career opportunity, but his parents instilled in him the value of hard work and persistence. With his own ambition and the help of a scholarship, he became the first in his family to attend college. In 1976, he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Delta State University, which he and his wife, Sherry, support to this day, sponsoring the school's annual symposium on international business.