43rd Annual Leavey Awards

 Applications are now closed for 2020


Please check back in May for the Announcement of
The Leavey Class of 2020!


Since 1977, Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge 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. Up to 20 cash awards, valued at $7,500 each, are made annually valued. One meritorious award of $15,000 may be made for an outstanding entry. To date, the program has recognized more than 600 teachers from across the country and awarded over $4 million.

To view the 2019 Leavey Award winners, click here.



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 that 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 2020 Nomination.


Nominations must be received at Freedoms Foundation by March 1, 2020.


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?

For more information:

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