UPDATE: Letter from 2014 Ron Paul Scholar – Aaron DeGroot

Bruce Rauner and Aaron DeGroot


In a few weeks, I’ll be wrapping up my tenure at George Mason University and will be receiving my diploma for a B.S. in Economics. The past four years have been a blessing, where I’ve met dozens of liberty-lovers, not just from the GMU Economics department faculty, but from student organizations such as our Young Americans for Liberty and College Republicans chapters.

This past week I also wrapped up a semester internship at the Mercatus Center and Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason’s Arlington campus. I was fortunate enough to be a part of two teams that advance free market principles through research and education not only in the classroom, but on Capitol Hill. Both this internship and my education at George Mason have just been several steps in my personal journey of informing and arming myself to advance the principles of which our nation was founded on, namely a government that is limited in size and scope.

While graduation is usually an anxious time for departing students entering the job market, I have been spared by that anxiety with a few potential opportunities to work on Republican Presidential campaigns, one of which is with Senator Rand Paul. 2016 will be an exciting and crucial time for our country, and hopefully we can steer our country back on track with a liberty-minded candidate who will limit the reach of the Federal government. These principles are crucial to enabling an economic prosperity which has the potential to raise millions out of poverty and restore our great nation’s global status as a “shining city upon a hill.”

I would be remiss if I were to not close this letter with an astounding and appreciative thank-you to the gracious contributors of the Campaign for Liberty Foundation. I am forever indebted to you for allowing me to advance my education at George Mason and participate in many extra-curricular activities along the way. Your gifts have eased the financial burden for me that college imposes and has created opportunities for many years to come. I hope I have done and will do my best to be financially prudent with those generous gifts. I treat them as an investment to enable more opportunities for myself in the future, for the betterment of not only myself, but the liberty movement as a whole. Once again and with the most sincerity, thank you from the bottom of my heart.


Best Regards,

Aaron DeGroot