Phillips Foundation Bestows Fellowships On Journalists

The Phillips Foundation held its Tenth Annual Journalism Fellowship Awards Dinner on Tuesday, May 13, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. This year, four $50,000 Gold Award Fellowships were presented. The recipients are: Tim Carney, a former assistant for HUMAN EVENTS, 24, for his project, "Regulatory Robber Barons"; Mario Fantini, 34, for his proposal to examine the cultural and political transformation of Vermont from a conservative Republican state to a liberal Democratic one; Mike Porath, 27, for his proposal "Pulling Up The Roots of Terrorism: The Struggle for Reform in Saudi Arabia"; and Evelina Shmukler, 26, for her project "Pyramid Scheme: The Pitfalls and Possibilities of U.S. Economic Aid to Egypt."

There were three second-place $25,000 Silver Award recipients: Paul Crespo, 38, for his project "Dueling Allegiances: The Impact of 9/11 on Multiculturalism and Patriotism in America;" Brett Decker, 32, for his fellowship project, "Terror’s Backyard: The New Threat to America from Southeast Asia"; and Andrea Seton Kirk for her proposal, "The Pontificate of John Paul II and the Administration of George W. Bush: Points of Convergence and Divergence in Social and Foreign Policy."

Mark Stricherz, 32, received a $6,000 alumni award for his proposal "The Rise of the Latte Liberals: How the Democrats Embraced Identity Politics and Abandoned their New Deal Base."

Thomas L. Phillips, chairman of the Phillips Foundation, presented author, columnist and editor Robert D. Novak, guest speaker for the evening, with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his years of work in promoting conservatism. Previous Lifetime Achievement recipients include: William A. Rusher (1999), George F. Will (2000), James J. Kilpatrick (2001), and William F. Buckley, Jr. (2002).

The Phillips Foundation’s annual journalism fellowship program grants an award to working print journalists for self-selected projects that support American culture and a free society. In addition to Tom Phillips, the foundation’s Board of Trustees includes Robert D. Novak, Alfred S. Regnery, Donald P. Hodel and Thomas A. Fuentes.

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