Deadline Approaching!

By: Michael Clayton

The application deadline for the 2014 Ron Paul Scholarship is approaching fast, and the applications are pouring in! We are looking forward to having our most competitive process yet, with liberty-minded students from all over the country applying this year.

I constantly hear Dr. Paul speak about the importance that young people bring to the liberty movement with their passion and enthusiasm. Our hope at the Campaign for Liberty Foundation is to help these young individuals get the education they need to make a significant impact on the movement.

These young adults are the key to restoring constitutional principles and limited government to America. In awarding the Ron Paul Scholarships, we are making an investment for the future of liberty.

In 2013, our first year, we awarded three scholarships: The Ron Paul Patriot ($10,000), Liberty ($5,000), and Freedom ($2,500) Scholarships. These same three great opportunities are up for grabs this year, and the process is shaping up to be even more competitive.

In the future, we hope to be able to provide even more opportunities for liberty-minded students, in order to promote to the principles that we know will get America back on track.

With tuition rates rising every year, and student loan debt at an all-time high, it has never been more critical for the Campaign for Liberty Foundation to have the resources necessary to support the young people who are the future of the liberty movement.

If you are currently a student, or you know a student who may be interested, tell them to apply right away! The March 10th deadline is quickly approaching! On the other side of the coin, if you feel compelled to support these wonderful opportunities, please make your most generous, tax-deductible, contribution today!

 DEADLINE IS MARCH 10TH

How to Apply: http://www.campaignforlibertyfoundation.org/how-to-apply/

Donate: https://www.campaignforlibertyfoundation.org/donate/

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Rising Cost of Higher Education

By: Michael Clayton

As the federal government continues to subsidize young adults looking to get a college education, tuition continues to rise. It’s somewhat understandable, considering the fact that institutions of higher learning must compete with one another like businesses. Their goals are largely the same: keep enrollment growing by providing the best resources available anywhere. This causes colleges everywhere to spend money that they don’t have.

This is where you, the student, come in. You provide the funding they need by paying tuition, however, most likely you aren’t even paying the majority of your tuition…yet. The federal government is giving you a “cheap” loan, with the hope that one day you will profit big time off of your degree. The problem here is that most graduates aren’t profiting big time, in fact they aren’t even profiting at all. 48% of recent college graduates are not currently working at a job that requires a 4-year degree.

The major issue with federal student loans is not that they are enabling young adults to attend college, and therefore make more money in the long run, which is obviously great. The problem is that the availability of these types of loans provides a guaranteed income for institutions of higher learning. These colleges know that this money will continue to be there, and they don’t even have to take the risk of their students not being able to pay them back. The risk falls squarely on the student. Unfortunately, most aren’t even considering what it will cost them in the long run.

Of course there are ways to reduce the cost of college: attend an in-state school, get scholarships, and get a job to name a few. But these hardly scratch the surface of the total cost. The average in-state tuition  for a four-public college is still $8,655 per year, and that is before you factor in housing, food, books, and supplies. That number blows up to $21,706 for out-of-state students. Average these numbers out, then multiply them by 4 years (or 5 in many cases), and you have a better understanding why the average student loan debt of a 2012 college graduate was an astonishing $29,400.

I would have to say that most students don’t even know the trouble they are getting themselves into until it’s too late. I know that I didn’t. I was busy enough trying to declare a major, figure out what classes I needed to take, and decide where to live. Paying back my student loans was something I knew I had to take care of after graduation. And that is exactly when I planned to worry about them… after graduation. Unfortunately, I am now paying the price. Looks like law school is going to be put on hold for a while.

This is part of the reason why the Campaign for Liberty Foundation was started, to help well-deserving students afford the continually rising cost of a college education. We believe that education is paramount to the success of our nation, and more importantly to the future advancement of human liberty.

If you are currently an undergraduate student, or a high school senior who is accepted for the fall of 2014, I urge you to apply today for the Ron Paul Scholarships!

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2014 Ron Paul scholarship deadlines and requirements

The Campaign for Liberty Foundation is excited to announce the deadlines and requirements for the 2014 Ron Paul Scholarships.

Applicants can find more information on the For Applicants page.

Good luck to all that apply!!!!!

UPDATE:  The 2014 Scholarship Application is now online.  You can see it here.

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LPAC a life-changing experience

By Andrew Desiderio The George Washington University

About a month ago, I was humbled and honored to learn I had won the Ron Paul Scholarship on behalf of Campaign for Liberty, a Libertarian organization dedicated to restoring America to the principles of the Constitution.

Last weekend, I was formally recognized at the 2013 Liberty Political Action Conference in Chantilly, Va.

It was a life-changing experience, to say the least.

On Thursday, I sat in the front row to hear Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) deliver a speech at the conference. Shortly afterward, I was called up onstage with Sen. Paul, Matt Hawes (vice president of programs for Campaign for Liberty), Elizabeth Newberry (the director of the Campaign for Liberty Foundation) and Dr. Ron Paul himself, along with his wife Carol.

For me, the Paul family is legendary. Ron Paul has endlessly fought for liberty and freedom, and has never changed his positions to fit the political climate. It is my utmost hope his son, Rand Paul, carries the torch of liberty in the form of a presidential run in 2016.

I was privileged to also hear Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and Paul Broun (R-Ga.) speak on Thursday, as well as investigative reporter Ben Swann.

On Friday, I returned to Chantilly for a private reception with Dr. Paul. He and I took pictures together and held conversations — conversations I never thought I would have with the modern-day champion of liberty. My political motivations are the same as those of Paul: “What keeps me going is your generation. I’m fighting for you guys. Please, never give up. You are the future.”

After the private reception, I sat in the front row once again to hear speeches from Reps. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) and Steve Stockman (R-Texas). Then, it was time for the final speaker of the night: Ron Paul.

As he was speaking, he oftentimes made direct eye contact with me, especially when talking about America’s future generations, which was an emotional experience to say the least.

After meeting with other liberty-minded individuals this weekend, I have gained new hope for the future of this nation. If we all work together, we can elect a limited-government Libertarian in 2016. Campaign for Liberty and the Paul family are leading the charge.

I thank Campaign for Liberty to the utmost degree for giving me this amazing opportunity, and for naming me a Ron Paul Scholar.

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Meet Our Recipients

Noelle MandelNoelle Mandelle – 2013 winner of the top-level Ron Paul Patriot Scholarship.

Noelle is entering her junior year in the Philosophy and Economics program at Loyola University New Orleans.

Noelle is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and serves as South Central Regional Director for Young Americans for Liberty.

Originally from Houston, Texas, Noelle served as a Ron Paul Delegate to the 2012 Texas Republican Convention.

Upon graduation, Noelle aims to one day be a teacher and writer, while maintaining an active role in politics.

In her policy essay, Noelle tackled the folly of America’s foreign policy and wrote that she looks forward to dedicating her life to “enlightening others and setting them on fire with the message of liberty.”

Cliff MaloneyCliff Maloney, Jr. – 2013 winner of the Ron Paul Liberty Scholarship.

Cliff is completing his senior year at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, where he seeks a B.S. in Math Education and B.A. in Theatre Arts.  Cliff just completed his second year as President of the Student Government Association.

Cliff served as Pennsylvania Campus Coordinator for the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign, previously worked as a Staff Assistant in Ron Paul’s Congressional Office, and currently serves as Pennsylvania Chairman of Young Americans for Liberty.

Upon graduation, Cliff plans on “pursuing a Masters degree in Mathematics, reforming the education system, and introducing people from all walks of life to the message of liberty.”


Andrew DesiderioAndrew Desiderio
– 2013 winner of the Ron Paul Freedom Scholarship.

Andrew is entering his freshman year at George Washington University as a member of the University Honors Program, majoring in journalism and mass communication in the school of Media and Public Affairs.

Andrew recently graduated from Rock North High School in Newtown, Pennsylvania, and has been a weekly contributor to his local newspaper.

Andrew’s article titles include: “Let’s opt out of Social Security” and “More guns equals less crime.”

Andrew looks forward to continuing to advocate for liberty in his time at George Washington University and beyond.

 

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Congrats!

The Campaign for Liberty Foundation is very excited to announce the three winners of the Ron Paul Scholarship.

Ron Paul Patriot Scholarship

Noelle Mandel

Ron Paul Liberty Scholarship

Cliff Maloney

Ron Paul Freedom Scholarship

Andrew Desiderio

The Foundation will formally recognize our winners at the Liberty Political Action Conference which is being held in Chantilly, VA, September 19th – 21st.

Congratulations Noelle, Cliff and Andrew!

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The decision has been made!

Due to an incredibly talented pool of scholarship applicants the reviewing board had a very difficult time narrowing it down to 3 winners.

The winners have officially been chosen and will be notified via certified mail the beginning of next week. Once our winners have confirmed that they received the letter we will announce their names on our web site and this Facebook page.

Thank you to all the incredible students that applied!

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Winners to be announced soon!

Thank you to all of our applicants! The phone interviewing process has been completed and final decisions are being made this week. Once we have made contact with our winners a formal announcement will be made on our web site and Facebook page. Good luck to the finalists!

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We are Reviewing Your Applications Now

Keep an eye on your inbox! The initial reviewing phase has been completed and finalists will be contacted via email about setting up an interview. If you are in the running for the scholarship a foundation staffer will be in touch this week to set up a time for your interview. Good Luck to all!

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About Campaign for Liberty Foundation

The goal of the Campaign for Liberty Foundation is to award deserving, pro-liberty students with scholarships that will help to defray some of their education costs.RonPaul

The Ron Paul scholarship will be awarded once a year to three liberty-minded undergraduate, or soon to be undergraduate students that have met the criteria outlined on this web site.  This is a one-time scholarship, meaning the students who are granted the scholarship will only receive it for that year of college, and no student can receive the scholarship two years in a row.

The Foundation also plans to award a variety of other scholarships throughout the year to students looking to offset the costs of interning on Capitol Hill or those wanting to attend advanced political trainings that are put on throughout the country.  Please check back often for guidelines, applications and updates on these scholarships.

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