“The willingness of American citizens to serve on behalf of our nation is the foundation of what makes our country great. We work to honor the service of public servants and our U.S. Armed Forces.” - Donald Rumsfeld

We believe that effective leadership and dedicated public servants are essential for the success of our country. Public service should be encouraged, commended and highly regarded. We honor those talented individuals who volunteer to contribute to the leadership and welfare of our nation, whether through civil service or in the uniform of our Armed Forces.


Encouraging gifted scholars to serve the nation by pursuing a career in public service or policy-relevant fields.

Few have committed more to our nation’s service than those who have served and sacrificed in the defense of our country.

  • “America will always be a beacon of hope to the world as long as there are young men and women capable and willing to lead.  I have every confidence they are out there.  And I have every confidence that when the time comes they will rise to the challenge of their generation as so many others have before them.”
    Donald Rumsfeld
  • “Those who have been privileged to serve our country have been the guardians of one of the greatest achievements of mankind. Our United States of America, at once imperfect and extraordinary, has offered more opportunity and improved more lives, both at home and throughout the world, than any other nation in history.”
    Donald Rumsfeld
  • “From our earliest days, America has had the great good fortune to be blessed by volunteers, who have stepped forward to defend the American people and to defend our free way of life.”
    Donald Rumsfeld
  • “Well, that’s the time the leadership has to stand up and tell the truth, and if you’re facing a headwind you’ve got two choices: you can turn around and go downwind or you can stand there and go into the wind. And that’s what needs to be done.”
    Donald Rumsfeld