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32nd Annual TFAS Scholarship Dinner

July 13, 2022

Four Seasons Hotel Washington

DC, Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC, USA


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Please join The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) on July 13, 2022, at The Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C., for a special celebration honoring today’s congressional and business leaders and supporting our future leaders – the 2022 TFAS students.

Thanks to our Sponsors

It is a privilege to honor U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and U.S. Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania
with the 2022 Congressional Leadership Awards, and Jade West, Chief Government Relations Officer for the
National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors, with the 2022 Business Leadership Award.

Your involvement will make a powerful difference in our nation’s future by allowing students with outstanding leadership potential to attend the TFAS D.C. Summer Programs track on Business + Government Relations.


July 13, 2022

Reception 6 p.m.
Dinner 7 p.m.

The Four Seasons Hotel
2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20007

Business Dress


Nick Calio, President and CEO of Airlines for America, presents the 2018 TFAS Business Leadership Award to Matthew Shay, President and CEO of the National Retail Federation.

Online ticket sales have ended for this event. Please contact Kathie Russo at kathie@TFAS.org for more information.

As a sponsor of our 32nd Annual Scholarship Dinner, you will enable deserving, highly qualified students to attend our life-changing programs, regardless of their financial situation. In addition, you and/or your company will be recognized before our attendees. These sponsorships include complimentary registration(s); VIP seating; priority intern selection and brand recognition and visibility.

View the list of sponsorship opportunities.


Individual tickets are available for $300. 

Don’t delay! Register now to ensure you are part of this unique event that honors our leaders of today, while supporting the dreams and ambitions of our future leaders.

Recent alumni from classes 2017 to 2021 qualify for an alumni-discounted ticket for only $150. Generous sponsor contributions cover the cost of 2022 students to attend this special evening, as well as support scholarships for next year’s students. The dinner and opportunity to meet with business and congressional leaders is one of the major highlights of their Washington experience.

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About The Dinner

Suzanne Clark, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, accepts the Business Leadership Award for her efforts in promoting free enterprise and economic development.

Funds raised by this annual dinner support scholarships for highly qualified, ambitious student leaders to attend our transformational TFAS D.C. Summer Programs track on Business + Government Relations. This comprehensive program includes: courses on economics and government relations for transferable credit; guaranteed internships with government affairs offices of notable corporations, trade associations and lobbying firms in the D.C. area; and unparalleled access to networking and professional development opportunities including special guest lectures, site briefings, a mentorship program and more.

Even with remote learning and Zoom classes, the program did an amazing job creating an effective learning and communicative environment. If it wasn’t for the generous scholarship I received, I would not have been able to participate, and would have missed out on educational, networking, and professional experiences that I am honored to have been a part of.– Luiza Biaggi, 2020 TFAS Business & Government Relations Student

85% of our exceptional students would be unable to attend our programs without your generosity. Thanks to sponsors and attendees like you, the dinner has raised $4.95 million in the past 20 years. Yet the need is growing. Help us say “yes” to more of our impressive applicants, regardless of their financial ability.

To learn how you can support future leaders, please contact TFAS Director of Corporate and Donor Relations Kathie Regan Russo at kathie@TFAS.org.

“It was during my summer with TFAS 20 years ago that I was truly exposed to the foundational tenets of free-market capitalism, individual liberty and the rule of law.” – Joseph Lai, TFAS Alumnus, Principal at BGR Group

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Dinner Committee

Honorary Chairs

Nicholas E. Calio, Airlines for America

Tom Kuhn, Edison Electric Institute

Susan K. Neely, American Council of Life Insurers

Matthew Shay, National Retail Federation

Jay Timmons, National Association of Manufacturers

Dinner Chair

Robert Flock, Credit Union National Association


Robert S. Aiken, Pinnacle West Capital Corp.

Charlie Black, Prime Policy Group

Kirk Blalock, Fierce Government Relations

The Honorable Daniel H. Branch

Jordan Quinn Canter, The Hartford

Randy DeCleene, kglobal

Frank J. Donatelli, FJD Strategies

The Honorable Juanita Duggan, CLARIFYD

Desiree Koetzle, Office of Congressman Pete Stauber

Joseph G. Lai, BGR Group

The Honorable Rob Nichols, American Bankers Association

Randal C. Teague, TFAS Chairman

Geoff Verhoff, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP

Past Award Recipients

2021 – The Honorable Dan Sullivan and Suzanne Clark, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

2019 – The Honorable Tim Scott and Susan Neely, president and CEO of American Council of Life Insurers

2018 – The Honorable Michael Bennet, The Honorable Jerry Moran and Matthew R. Shay, president and CEO of the National Retail Federation

2017 – The Honorable Rob Portman, The Honorable Tom Carper and Mr. Nick Calio, president and CEO of Airlines for America (A4A)

2016 – The Honorable Cory Gardner, The Honorable Mark Warner and The Honorable Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers

2015 – The Honorable John Barrasso, The Honorable Amy Klobuchar and The Honorable John Engler, president of the Business Roundtable

2014 – The Honorable Richard Burr, The Honorable Joe Manchin and Thomas R. Kuhn, president of the Edison Electric Institute

2013 – The Honorable Mark Begich, The Honorable Fred Upton and Jack Gerard, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute

2012 – The Honorable Lamar Alexander

2011 – The Honorable Senator Mark Pryor

2010 – The Honorable Richard Lugar

2009 – The Honorable Jon Kyl

2008 – The Honorable Ken Salazar

2007 – The Honorable Saxby Chambliss

2006 – The Honorable Max Baucus

Sen. Sullivan spoke personally with summer students after the awards ceremony in 2021.

2005 – The Honorable Pat Roberts

2004 – The Honorable Daniel K. Inouye

2003 – The Honorable Elizabeth Dole

2002 – The Honorable Ben Nelson

2001 – The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison

2000 – The Honorable Tom Daschle

1999 – The Honorable Phil Gramm

1998 – The Honorable Joe Lieberman

1997 – The Honorable Trent Lott

1996 – The Honorable Pat Moynihan

1995 – The Honorable Don Nickles

1994 – The Honorable John Breaux

1993 – The Honorable Malcolm Wallop

1992 – The Honorable Alan Dixon

1991 – The Honorable Bob Dole

1990 – The Honorable David L. Boren

1989 – The Honorable Richard Lugar

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For more information, please reach out to Kathie Russo, director of corporate and donor relations, at krusso@TFAS.org. or Jane Mack, director of special events, at jmack@TFAS.org.

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