The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Awards For Excellence in Private Enterprise Education


The Leavey Class of 2020

Freedoms Foundation and the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation are proud to announce the Leavey Class of 2020.  This year’s class is comprised of 5 exceptional educators.  They represent 1 elementary school, 2 middle school, and 2 high school programs.  Freedoms Foundation will be honoring the recipients throughout the summer and fall, in events held both online and in-person.  To see the Class of 2020 please click here.



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.  To date, the program has recognized more than 600 teachers from across the country and awarded over $4 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 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.

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.