Lisa De Pasquale
One of the highlights of my career in the conservative movement was attending a Freedom Alliance dinner with my mother. My mother wore her Navy dress uniform was able to meet Oliver North. A few weeks later, the dinner organizers sent me a photo of their meeting, personalized and signed by North.

Many are already familiar with North’s military, writing and TV career, so with this week’s interview, I thought I’d take some time to introduce you to one of his pet projects, the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund. North founded Freedom Alliance in 1990 “to advance the American heritage of freedom by honoring and encouraging military service, defending the sovereignty of the United States and promoting a strong national defense.”

In 2003, Freedom Alliance began their scholarship program, which honors the scarifices of the U.S. military and their families by awarding college scholarships to children of killed, MIA and permanently disabled service members. Student applicants must be a senior in high school, a high school graduate or enrolled in an institution of higher learning. (For more information on qualifications and to apply, visit

For several years North and Sean Hannity hosted the Freedom Concerts across the country, which help raise money for the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund. The concerts have raised over $10 million for the fund. At a Freedom Concert in 2010, a young woman who was presented with a scholarship talked about her father’s heroism in saving two fellow servicemen from the burning wreckage after a plane crash. He was injured during the crash and is now battling a rare form of cancer. Upon hearing that his daughter would receive a Freedom Alliance college scholarship, her father, Kerry Crooks, said it “has cemented the love of country Kate possesses that goes beyond what she reads in a textbook; these actions demonstrate how many of those in her country truly care.”

Thanks to the efforts of North and the Freedom Alliance, the benefits of their support will have an impact on military families for years to come.

Each week the De Pasquale's Dozen asks political figures and free market-minded writers and entertainers to take a break from politics and talk about their pop culture obsessions.

1. If there were a television channel that only showed one movie over and over, what movie should it be?

The Princess Bride.

2. What’s one of your favorite movie quotes?

Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die. (from The Princess Bride)

Lisa De Pasquale

Lisa De Pasquale is is a writer in Alexandria, VA. Miss De Pasquale was previously the director of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where she oversaw all aspects of the conference from June 2006 to April 2011. Prior to CPAC, she was the program director of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. In 2010, she was named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns & Elections magazine in their annual list of top political leaders under 35. She has written articles for and Townhall Magazine, Human Events, The Daily Caller, Washingtonian, the St. Augustine Record, The Washington Times, The Houston Chronicle, and the Tallahassee Democrat. Originally from Florida, Miss De Pasquale received a B.A. from Flagler College in St. Augustine.

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