Now accepting submissions for 2016 Leonard E. Read Distinguished Alumni Award!
Have you or a FEE alumni you know made notable contributions to liberty?
Would you like to win $2,000 and be recognized for your work?
Submit an application for yourself or someone you know for the 2016 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.
2016 - Maybe you?
2015 - Mr. Giancarlo Ibárgüen
2014 - Mr. Gordon Cruickshank
FEE will celebrate the achievements of the 2016 Alumni Award recipient at the Leonard E. Read Alumni Award Dinner, held on Saturday, January 30, 2016 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.
Outstanding alumni contributions will also be recognized via honorable mentions in the areas of Entrepreneurship, Outreach, and Leadership. An additional honorable mention will go to a “Rising Star” who has demonstrated notable contributions to liberty before the age of 35. These honorable mentions will each be awarded $250.
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 of the grand prize is expected to attend the Leonard E. Read Alumni Award Dinner in Bonita Springs, FL on January 30, 2016.
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.
You may nominate multiple people.
Self-nominations are encouraged.
Application deadline is November 13, 2015 at 11:59 PM ET. Finalists will be notified of their status by email on December 4, 2015, and the winner will be notified on December 18, 2015.
Leonard E. Read Distinguished Alumni Award ($2,000 Grand Prize)
Rising Star under 35 ($250)
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.