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Leonard E. Read Distinguished Alumni Award

The Leonard E. Read Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes the unique professional and personal achievements of a FEE alumnus or alumna who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to the cause of liberty. This is the highest honor given to a FEE alumnus or alumna. The award recipient will be selected by their peers serving on the FEE Alumni Board.

2015 - Mr. Giancarlo Ibárgüen

2014 - Mr. Gordon Cruickshank

FEE will celebrate the achievements of the 2015 Alumni Award recipient at the Leonard E. Read Alumni Award Dinner, held on January 31, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs, FL. The winner will receive a $2,000 cash award and recognition among FEE’s over 10,000 alumni.

Leonard E. Read (1898-1983) was the founder of FEE, and the author of 29 works, including the classic parable “I, Pencil: My Family Tree as told to Leonard E. Read.” Born in Michigan, his early life was marked by hard work and diligent study. After serving in the armed forces during World War I, he began a wholesale grocery business, and later became manager of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. As the New Deal began, Read became a vocal critic of policies limiting freedom and expanding government. This drive prompted him to found FEE in 1946, promoting the freedom philosophy through lectures, seminars, books, and The Freeman magazine.


Nominations for the 2015 Leonard E. Read Distinguished Alumni Award are now closed. 


Eligibility and Rules

  • Each nominee must have attended a seminar or other type of FEE programming. Former FEE interns are also eligible for nomination. Members of the FEE Alumni Board are not eligible.

  • The recipient is expected to attend the Leonard E. Read Alumni Award Dinner in Bonita Springs, FL on January 31, 2015.

  • Each nominee must have made notable achievements or contributions to the advancement of liberty in his or her endeavors. Nominees under 40 years of age who have accomplished significant achievement early in their careers are especially encouraged to apply.

  • Incomplete or late nominations will not be considered.

  • Self-nominations are permitted.


Leonard E. Read Distinguished Alumni Award

Nomination Deadline: November 1, 2014 at 11:59 PM ET

Semi-finalists will be notified of their status by email on December 1, 2014. The winner will be notified on January 5, 2015.