Each year, TFAS brings a group of recent alumni to Washington, DC to participate in our Annual Conference. This year the conference was held on April 15-17, and fourteen young alumni joined us.
These participants were chosen by TFAS faculty and staff as positive, enthusiastic students who excelled in their classes and internships during the program. These participants represent the DC summer and semester programs as well as the international TFAS programs.
This year the conference began Thursday evening with a dinner and keynote by Dr. Charles Krauthammer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist and political commentator for the Washington Post. Friday morning participants were able to watch as several alumni were presented with awards:
- Alumni Achievement Award – Presented to Steve Hayes (IPJ Alum)
- Kevin Burkett Alumni Service Award – Presented to John Sweda (ICPES Alum)
- Young Alumni Award – Mary Ellen Burke (IPJ Alum)
After the Alumni Awards presentations and breakfast, the Freedom Scholars went with the other conference participants to tour Mount Vernon, home of George and Martha Washington. Friday evening concluded with a Brick Unveiling ceremony of engraved bricks at TFAS offices, which mark alumni who donated to the Alumni Scholarship Fund this year.
Saturday was the final day of the conference for the Freedom Scholars, and they had a private session with Dr. Eric Daniels from Clemson University who spoke on selected readings from Ayn Rand.
Throughout the conference the scholars had a chance to interact with other alumni, donors, board members and TFAS staff. There group was an impressive one, and we were happy to have them join us.
2010 Freedom Scholars
|First Name||Last Name||School||Institute|
|Michael||Baker||University of Dallas||ILA|
|Chelsea||Barnett||University of Central Oklahoma||ICPES|
|Katya||Bryleva||University of North Dakota||AIPES|
|Lauren||Goldberg||University of Tennessee||IBGA|
|Abby||Haney||University of Northern Colorado||IPVS|
|Miles||Maftean||Columbia College, Chicago||CSF|
|Jenadee||Nanini||Washington State University||CSS|
|Alexander||Panosian||United States Military Academy, West Point||AIPE|
|Caitlin||Tejeda||William Jewell College||IPJ|