Christine Czernejewski

Washington, D.C. Awards Ceremony to be held May 15

Milwaukee, WI – The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation announced today that George Will, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and conservative thinker, will serve as master of ceremonies for the 2018 Bradley Prizes, which honor scholars and practitioners whose accomplishments reflect the Bradley Foundation’s mission to restore, strengthen and protect the principles and institutions of American exceptionalism. The 15th annual awards ceremony will be held at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, May 15, 2018

“George Will is one of the most revered conservative thought leaders of our time,” said Richard Graber, President and CEO of the Bradley Foundation. “His intellectual heft and award-winning commentary have had an immeasurable impact on American opinion and have inspired many of our current and future leaders. The Bradley Foundation is proud to have George as master of ceremonies for what is sure to be an impactful night.”   

This will be the 10th year Will has emceed the Bradley Prizes ceremony. The winners were chosen by a selection committee of distinguished individuals who reviewed nearly 200 nominations. Each winner will receive a stipend of $250,000. This year’s recipients are: 

    • Allen C. Guelzo, Director of Civil War Era Studies and the Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College; and Claremont Institute senior fellow
    • Charles KeslerClaremont Review of Books editorClaremont Institute senior fellow; and the Dengler-Dykema Distinguished Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College
    • Jason RileyWall Street Journal columnist; and Manhattan Institute senior fellow

As a new feature of this year’s prize ceremony, Will will facilitate a candid “Conversation with the Winners,” which promises to be an informative, lively and unscripted discussion on the most pressing challenges in America with some of the country’s brightest conservative minds.

Will writes a nationally syndicated column for The Washington Post and is the author of numerous best-selling books. He has won many honors and distinctions, including a 2005 Bradley Prize. The Wall Street Journal has hailed Will as “perhaps the most powerful journalist in America.”

Founded in 1985, the Milwaukee-based Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation supports projects and organizations that strengthen families and communities, inform and educate citizens, advance economic growth and encourage self-reliance. The Foundation’s forward-looking approach to philanthropy is guided by four core principles: fidelity to the Constitution, with its principles of limited government, federalism, separation of powers, and individual liberties; commitment to free markets; dedication to the formation of informed and capable citizens; and commitment to the institutions of civil society that cultivate individuals capable of self-governance. To learn more, please visit

To schedule an interview with Richard Graber, President & CEO of the Bradley Foundation, please contact Christine Czernejewski at or 202-368-0281


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