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Young Alumni Funded To Participate In 2011 Freedom Scholars Program

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Freedom Scholars class of 2011
Freedom Scholars class of 2011

Seventeen recent TFAS graduates were invited to participate in the 2011 Freedom Scholars program, which began with a seminar held April 8 – 10 in Washington, D.C. The weekend retreat, which was funded by the Earhart Foundation, was the first of four in a series of academic and professional development programs, taking place throughout the year.

The Freedom Scholars are a group of TFAS alumni that are still in school. They have been selected to participate in the program based on academic excellence and leadership ability. Each student is awarded a full scholarship to participate in the series.

“The Freedom Scholars program has been a welcome follow-up to the summer program as an opportunity to explore more fully those ideas for which my curiosity had only been whetted,” said Freedom Scholar Jesse Schaefer (P 10) of Washington College. “The experience confirmed my place in the TFAS organization for years to come.”

TFAS Charles G. Koch Senior Fellow Jim Otteson of Yeshiva University leads a session with the Freedom Scholars.
TFAS Charles G. Koch Senior Fellow Jim Otteson of Yeshiva University leads a session with the Freedom Scholars.

Sessions for the April seminar were led by TFAS Charles G. Koch Senior Fellow Jim Otteson of Yeshiva University, Professor Brad Birzer of Hilsdale College and Professor Will Ruger of Texas State University. The Discussions were based on select readings by renowned economists and philosophers, including Adam Smith, Edmund Burke, Friedrich Hayek and Frank S. Meyer.

“I loved the more personal nature of this conference – each of the participants really got the chance to learn about and from one another,” said another Freedom Scholar. “This wasn’t just your average ‘networking conference.’ Real relationships were started and real, meaningful ideas were shared.”

Future events for the scholars include two online academic and professional development seminars in the summer and another weekend retreat, which will be held in conjunction with the TFAS Leadership Network in Dallas, Texas from October 14-15.

2011 Freedom Scholars

(l.-r.) President Roger Ream (E 76) talks with Freedom Scholars Karen Fowler (B 10, ILA 11), Louanne Woznicki (B 10) and Bryson Cowan (B 10) during the April retreat.
(l.-r.) President Roger Ream (E 76) talks with Freedom Scholars Karen Fowler (B 10, ILA 11), Louanne Woznicki (B 10) and Bryson Cowan (B 10) during the April retreat.

Carolyn Aker (P 10), Brown University

Matthew Atha (E 10), Azusa Pacific University

Jessica Ching (B 10), University of Southern California

Peter Costa Jr. (E 10), Davidson College

Bryson Cowan (B 10), Connecticut College

Benjamin Doherty (A 10), University of Florida

Katie Epley (E 10), Campbell University

George Fenton (E 10), Boise State University

Karen Fowler (B 10, ILA 11), Texas State University

Jay Friedel (E 10), University of Pennsylvania

Samantha King (J 10), Elon University

Kenneth Luu (B 10), University of Michigan

Christopher Mylenbusch (E 10), Georgia State University

Jesse Schaefer (P 10), Washington College

Bergen Sopher (J 10), Northwestern College

Louanne Woznicki (B 10), Clemson University

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