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Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise

Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, a national, non-partisan, not-for profit educational organization, is once again sponsoring the Leavey Awards for Excellence in Private Enterprise cash awards program. Up to twenty cash awards are made annually valued at $7,500 each. One award of $15,000 may be made for an outstanding entry.

Purpose of Awards

The awards honor outstanding educators who excite a commitment in their students for the free enterprise system. Established in 1977, and now permanently endowed by the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation of Los Angeles, the program honors educators who unleash the entrepreneurial skills of their students at the elementary school, junior high/middle school, high school or college level.


The candidate must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident employed full-time as an educator at an accredited American school (grades K-12), college or university. The application must conceive and implement an innovative course, program or project which develops, among students, a deeper understanding and appreciation of the American private enterprise system. The nominee's program, course or project must be operating or initiated during the previous academic year.

Preparing Your Nomination

The attached nomination form must be accompanied by a portfolio (ring binder or photo album) containing a detailed, two-page synopsis outlining the content and results of the course or project and its relevance to the private enterprise system. The course or project must be adequately documented by comprehensive materials such as graphs, sample materials, photographs and letters of commendation. Videotapes and CD-ROMS are accepted but are rarely viewed. Freedoms Foundation reserves the right to reproduce submitted materials in Foundation publications.


A special independent jury of leaders drawn from the economic, business and academic communities meets each October to evaluate nominations and select recipients of the Leavey Awards.

Evaluation Criteria

The special independent jury looks for the following in an entry...

  • Is the entry innovative both in terms of content and audience?
  • Does the entry contribute, in a meaningful way, to the advancement or understanding of the private enterprise system?
  • Do the activities of the project or program demonstrate to students the strength of the private enterprise system?
  • Were the intended results of the entry achieved?
  • Did it appear that the students gained new skills/knowledge?

Announcement of Awards

Recipients will be notified in November.

Additional Information

Any questions may be directed to the Awards Department:
Phone: 1.800.896.5488 or 610.933.8825
Fax: 610-935-0522
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