Eleanore Fredrick is a generous supporter of The Fund for American Studies and a successful woman who has overcome many obstacles.
In the 1960s, Fredrick marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., rode freedom buses with Perrin Mitchell and Andrew Young, and was the accountant for Southern Christian Leadership Foundation. In 1979 she was awarded a Medal of Freedom. She was also awarded the Flame of Freedom by President Ronald Reagan in 1985 and believes, as he inscribed on the medal, “Freedom is not the sole prerogative of a lucky few, but the inalienable right of all human beings.”
Fredrick served four years on the Small Business Advisory Board for President George W. Bush. In 2001, she was listed in Who’s Who Great Women of Achievement. Fredrick is also the honorary chairman of House Majority Trust.
Fredrick says she became a supporter of TFAS because she wanted to provide educational opportunities for African-Americans. She established a scholarship to encourage students to participate in TFAS programs.
Fredrick said that she believes The Fund for American Studies’ Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems (ICPES) in Washington and the international programs in Prague, Hong Kong, Greece and Latin America give opportunities to African-Americans they would typically not have.
Fredrick says that education must be a top priority, and that economics is a subject everyone should learn. For her, the most important lesson TFAS teaches its students is the importance of free markets and the opportunities they create for people to use their talents to succeed.
In addition to growing and reaching out to more college students, Fredrick says she would also like to see TFAS become more involved on the high school level.