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Announcing the 2016 Leonard E. Read Distinguished Alumni Award

Lawrence W. Reed

The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) is pleased to announce that nominations are invited for the 2016 Leonard E. Read Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest commendation that FEE bestows.

The award recognizes one outstanding individual annually from among FEE alumni (individuals who have attended a FEE seminar). To qualify for consideration, nominees must have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the cause of liberty, significant professional achievements, and high standards of personal character.

Nominations may be submitted by anyone through November 13, 2015, by completing this submission form. Self-nominations are highly encouraged. The winner will be announced at FEE’s annual retreat in Bonita Springs, Florida on Saturday, January 30, 2016.

The previous two winners were Virginia businessman Gordon Cruickshank in 2014 and former Universidad Francisco Marroquin president Giancarlo Ibárgüen in 2015. The award includes a cash prize of $2,000.

The award’s namesake, Leonard E. Read, founded FEE in 1946 and served as its president until his passing in 1983. Author of 27 books and hundreds of articles, Read is widely regarded as one of the 20th century’s most articulate and persuasive advocates of liberty and free markets.

A key element in the Read approach was emphasis on self-improvement; he argued that reforming the world begins with each person reforming himself, choosing to live in peace and engage in voluntary, mutually-beneficial interactions with his fellow citizens.

His most famous written work was the now-classic 1958 essay, I, Pencil — still the best known and most popular of the numerous publications FEE has produced in its nearly 70-year history.

Learn more about the 2016 Leonard E. Read Distinguished Alumni Award here.

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