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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Announcing the 2017 Leonard E. Read Distinguished Alumni Award

Nominations are officially open


The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) is pleased to announce that nominations are invited for the 2017 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 March 15th, 2017, by completing the form below. Self-nominations are highly encouraged. The winner will be announced at FEEcon in Atlanta, GA on Saturday, June 17th, 2017.

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.


  • Lawrence W. Reed is FEE's President Emeritus, having previously served for nearly 11 years as FEE’s president (2008-2019). He is also FEE's Humphreys Family Senior Fellow and Ron Manners Global Ambassador for Liberty. His Facebook page is here and his personal website is lawrencewreed.com.