The Leavey Awards

View the 40th Annual Leavey Awards photos here

Honoring Excellence in Private Enterprise Education


Newest Leavey Class will be honored in San Francisco on November 17 and 18


Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge along with the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation are proud to announce the Leavey Class of 2017.  This year's class features 6 award winning programs and their 7 coordinating educators.  This special anniversary class will be honored November 17 and 18 with events in San Francisco CA at the National Council for the Social Studies Conference.  

For details on all the events and to meet the class of 2017, click here.

Since 1977, Freedoms Foundation and the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation have honored outstanding teachers for bringing passion and creativity to their classrooms as they teach students about entrepreneurship and the free enterprise system.

The awards program recognizes educators at the elementary, junior high school, high school, and college levels for innovative and effective techniques in teaching entrepreneurship and the free enterprise education. Up to twenty cash awards are made annually valued at $7,500 each. One meritorious award of $15,000 may be made for an outstanding entry. To date, the program has recognized over 600 teachers from across the country and awarded over $3.8 million.



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.

Pre-qualify Your Project:

Click here to submit a brief synopsis of your classroom entrepreneurship project.

Preparing Your Nomination:

All submissions must contain a completed Teacher Nomination Form.  A nomination form for each educator involved in the project must be included.  Submissions must also include 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 then adequately documented by comprehensive materials such as samples of work, photographs and letters of recommendation.  All nominations must be submitted electronically either via e-mail or on-line submission.  

Click here to submit your 2017 Nomination.


Nominations must be received at Freedoms Foundation by May 1, 2017. - Newly Extended


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

Evaluation Criteria:

  • 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?


Recipients will be notified in summer 2017.  Awards will be presented the weekend of November 17-19, 2017 in San Francisco, CA at the National Council for the Social Studies Conference.

For more information:

Contact the Awards Department at the Freedoms Foundation via e-mail or call Carolyn Santangelo at 610-933-8825, extension 234.