Arnn Atlas

Scott W. Atlas Receives Hillsdale College Freedom Leadership Award

Atlas Joins Distinguished Group of Past Recipients

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Hillsdale, Mich. — President Larry P. Arnn presented the Freedom Leadership Award, Hillsdale College’s highest honor, to Hoover Institution Fellow Scott W. Atlas at a National Leadership Seminar on February 18, 2021, in Phoenix, Arizona. The College’s Board of Trustees conferred the award on Dr. Atlas “in recognition of his dedication to individual freedom and the free society.” Past recipients of the award include Margaret Thatcher, Clarence Thomas, Edwin Meese, Jeane Kirkpatrick, and Rush Limbaugh.

In presenting the award, Arnn praised Atlas for his courage and wisdom in speaking “truth in the face of consequences” while counseling President Trump about the pandemic. He added that “every one of us has discovered a brave and brilliant man.”

Atlas addressed over 500 friends and supporters of the College at the event. In his address, he stated, “The pandemic has been a tragedy, no doubt, but it has exposed profound issues in America that now threaten those very principles of freedom and order that we Americans too often take for granted.”

Video of the event can be found at the following link:

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Hillsdale College is an independent liberal arts college located in southern Michigan. Founded in 1844, the College has built a national reputation through its classical liberal arts core curriculum and its principled refusal to accept federal or state taxpayer subsidies, even indirectly in the form of student grants or loans. It also conducts an outreach effort promoting civil and religious liberty, including a free monthly speech digest, Imprimis, with a circulation of more than 5.7 million. For more information, visit

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