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Leonard E. Read Distinguished Alumni Award

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 - Mr. Richard J Stephenson

2015 - Mr. Giancarlo Ibárgüen

2014 - Mr. Gordon Cruickshank

FEE will celebrate the achievements of the 2017 Alumni Award recipients at the Leonard E. Read Alumni Award Dinner, held on Saturday, June 17th, 2017 at FEEcon in Atlanta, GA. 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. Nominations for this category will be open to the public here until March 15th, 2017, at 11:59pm EST.

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 FEEcon, June 15-18th, 2017.

  • 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. 


Leonard E. Read Distinguished Alumni Award ($2,000 Grand Prize)

Honorable Mentions:

  • Entrepreneurship ($250)

  • Outreach ($250)

  • Leadership ($250)

  • Rising Star under 35 ($250)