How Do Students Apply?

The Koch Scholar Program is a select group of intellectually curious faculty and students.  We encourage students from any discipline to apply. We are especially interested in applications from students who are interested in how politics and economics affect individual freedom and responsibility.  The Koch Scholar Program is competitive and selects only the most promising candidates.

Koch Scholars meet weekly on Tuesday evenings to discuss selections from at least 10 important books on the subject of freedom and responsibility.  The agenda of these discussions is to engage the ideas in the books.  Each Koch Scholar will receive a stipend of $1,000 and all books.  A light meal will be served each week.

Please apply to become a Koch Scholar if:

  • You are intellectually curious;
  • You are a mature scholar who embraces the opportunity to read, think, and talk.
  • You are committed to contributing to each discussion.
  • You have time to devote to a challenging set of readings.
  • You are a person who enjoys discussing ideas.
  • You are willing to put your ideas before a group for a passionate discussion and dissection.
  • You are available from 5:30 to 7:30 each Tuesday evening during the semester.

Applicants are chosen based on their application materials. Those chosen as finalists undergo interviews with Professors Randy T Simmons, Ryan Yonk and Bill Shughart.  Applicants may be asked for references or additional materials.  Application deadline for Fall 2015 is Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 5:00 pm.

In addition to attending Koch Scholar Program meetings, each week you will write a short blog (250-300 words).  Towards the end of the semester, you are expected to collaborate in the production of a stewardship report for the Koch Foundation describing your experience.


The application for Fall 2015 enrollment is closed.