Alumni News: ’09 Grad Honored with Prestigious Summer Fellowship

Quinn Treleven

At Liberty Classical Academy, we talk often about graduating young men and women who are passionate about engaging the culture for Christ.  Now, as we’ve graduated six fine classes, it’s thrilling to see our graduates begin to fulfill that vision!

This summer, 2009 graduate Quinn Treleven was selected by the Charles G. Koch Summer Fellowship Program for 10 weeks of professional development through the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University in Washington, D.C.

Just to give you an idea of how selective this program is, Koch selects one out of every 15 from the thousand of applicants it receives.  Quinn’s academic record, writing ability and understanding of classical liberalism earned him one of the 80 fellowships.

Treleven already spent the first week in Washington D.C. attending intensive workshops on market-based solutions to social and economic problems.  He’s now serving the internship portion of his fellowship at The Acton Institute, a Grand Rapids, Michigan-based foundation dedicated to advancing free market principles and Judeo-Christian values in society.  Quinn will wrap up with a final week in Washington D.C. and this fall, plans to complete his Economics and Political Science degree at Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois.

“Liberty Classical Academy gave me the skills necessary to compete for and get accepted into the Koch program,” said Quinn.  “Beyond that, it gave me the worldview training that not only strengthened – but fueled – my passion for a free and just society.”  In fact, Quinn became intrigued with the application of Biblical truth to macroeconomics when he wrote his Liberty senior thesis on economics.

Headmaster Rebekah Hagstrom is delighted with Quinn’s achievement.  “This distinction is not only an honor for Quinn, but for Liberty Classical Academy, given the excellent and comprehensive academic preparation he received in our program.  We are tremendously excited to see what Quinn’s future holds as he embraces all that he has learned and makes an positive impact on this world!”