June 29, 2010
Global Visionaries is proud to congratulate Molly Freed, a GV student at Chief Sealth High School, for being selected as a 2010 Bezos Scholar by The Bezos Foundation, an independent educational foundation. As one of only 12 student leaders chosen nationwide, Molly will attend the acclaimed Aspen Ideas Festival along with her fellow student scholars July 5-11.
At the festival the students will attend lectures, panel discussions, debates and presentations on topics covering issues such as environmentalism, science in education, and the arts. Past attendees of the Aspen Ideas Festival include retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Secretaries of Education Arne Duncan and Margaret Spellings, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas Friedman and former U.S. President Bill Clinton.
Noah Zeichner is Molly’s teacher at Chief Seattle High School in Seattle and a fellow Bezos Scholar. When a student is selected for the scholarship, an educator from his or her school is also selected to participate in this educational leadership opportunity.
“It has been a privilege to work with Molly both in the Global Leadership Class at Chief Stealth and in Guatemala with Global Visionaries. Her leadership is truly inspiring. The opportunity to participate in the Aspen Ideas Festival is a tremendous honor and well deserved by Molly. I am grateful for the chance to collaborate with her and the otherscholars this summer in Aspen,” says Noah Zeichner.
Upon returning home after the Festival, each of the Bezos Scholars will plan their own local replication of the Aspen Ideas Festival in a friendly competition with other scholars. The most impressive plan will be rewarded with a $1,000 grant to be used to support local and regional festivals.
“This opportunity has made me realize just how valuable the entire Global Visionaries program has been to me. It has opened up doors that I would have never thought possible. I’m incredibly excited to spend a week with a new group of visionaries, and I’m lucky to be accompanied by Mr. Zeichner, whom I’ve learned so much from already,” says Molly Freed.
The Bezos Family Foundation is a private, independent foundation established by Jackie and Mike Bezos, who along with their children and spouses serve as directors. The Foundation works to strengthen educational opportunities for everyone, regardless of economic circumstances, and cultivate learning as a life-long process that begins at birth.