2013 Award Winners

Noelle Mandel

Noelle Mandelle – 2013 winner of the top-level Ron Paul Patriot Scholarship.

Noelle is entering her junior year in the Philosophy and Economics program at Loyola University New Orleans.

Noelle is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and serves as South Central Regional Director for Young Americans for Liberty. 

Originally from Houston, Texas, Noelle served as a Ron Paul Delegate to the 2012 Texas Republican Convention.

Upon graduation, Noelle aims to one day be a teacher and writer, while maintaining an active role in politics.

In her policy essay, Noelle tackled the folly of America’s foreign policy and wrote that she looks forward to dedicating her life to “enlightening others and setting them on fire with the message of liberty.”



Cliff Maloney

Cliff Maloney, Jr. – 2013 winner of the Ron Paul Liberty Scholarship.

Cliff is completing his senior year at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, where he seeks a B.S. in Math Education and B.A. in Theatre Arts.  Cliff just completed his second year as President of the Student Government Association.

Cliff served as Pennsylvania Campus Coordinator for the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign, previously worked as a Staff Assistant in Ron Paul’s Congressional Office, and currently serves as Pennsylvania Chairman of Young Americans for Liberty.

Upon graduation, Cliff plans on “pursuing a Masters degree in Mathematics, reforming the education system, and introducing people from all walks of life to the message of liberty.”


Andrew Desiderio

Andrew Desiderio – 2013 winner of the Ron Paul Freedom Scholarship.

Andrew is entering his freshman year at George Washington University as a member of the University Honors Program, majoring in journalism and mass communication in the school of Media and Public Affairs.

Andrew recently graduated from Rock North High School in Newtown, Pennsylvania, and has been a weekly contributor to his local newspaper.

Andrew’s article titles include: “Let’s opt out of Social Security” and “More guns equals less crime.”

Andrew looks forward to continuing to advocate for liberty in his time at George Washington University and beyond.