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John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship

McLane Scholars Program

John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise

The Fall 2020 McLane Scholars Program student participants say "thank you"
 to Grady Rosier of the McLane Company for providing the funding for the program.


APPLICATIONS FOR FALL 2021 NOW OPEN until Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

The Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise supports the intellectual development of students interested in the intersections of entrepreneurship, economics and public policy. The goal is to be a national leader in this area through research, teaching and informing public policy. The Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise is honored to sponsor the McLane Scholars Program.

Grady Rosier, CEO of McLane Company, initiated funding for this program at Baylor University, which gives students from a variety of disciplines the opportunity to meet on a weekly basis to discuss ideas in a reading group. The reading group is an effort to engage a select group of students who are interested in graduate studies or careers that explore the implications of different sets of scholarly ideas that shape the broader social order.

The McLane Scholars Program is a one semester, non-credit reading group where participants will read and discuss selections from classic works in political economy and from contemporary scholars that address the relationships between and among entrepreneurship, economic freedom and social progress.

Fall 2021 Theme: Freedom and Human Flourishing: Poverty, Prosperity and Happiness around the World

Fall 2021 Theme Description: Participants will read and discuss works by scholars such as Deidre McCloskey, Daren Acemoglu, and James Otteson, among others, and examine the role institutions, culture, geography and even luck in promoting human flourishing. The readings will address a range of questions.

Fall 2021 Reading Material: Reading List

Fall 2021 Meetings: The program will start on Sep 10 and end on Dec 3. We will have weekly meetings on Friday from 11-noon.

Fall 2021 Summit: October 15-16, 2021 at SMU.

The McLane Scholars Program at Baylor University complements similar programs launched concurrently by the O'Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom at Southern Methodist University, the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University, and the Arkansas Center for Research in Economics at University of Central Arkansas. All four groups will examine the same set of readings and interact with one another through social media and the Fall 2021 Summit - October 15-16, 2021 (at SMU).

Participants will meet weekly and each session will be a Socratic discussion facilitated by a Baylor University faculty member whose role will be to pose questions and encourage participation from each member of the group.

Students apply for the opportunity to become McLane Scholars and, if accepted, will receive a $1,000 award upon successful completion of the program. The criteria for a successful completion of the program is as follows:

  1. Regular attendance to weekly meetings. 
  2. Attend the McLane Summit, October 15-16, 2021 at SMU.
  3. Participate in filming of short, "thank you" video to the program sponsors. Details will be provided at a later date. See the video link at the top of the page for reference.

The deadline to submit an application for the Fall 2021 McLane Scholars Program is Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

Interested applicants can contact the Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship & Free Enterprise with any questions by Email.

To apply, please complete the Fall 2021 McLane Scholars Program application.


Fall 2021 Theme: Freedom and Human Flourishing: Poverty, Prosperity and Happiness around the World

Spring 2021 Theme: Economics, Evolution, and the Environment

Fall 2020 Theme: Exploring Inequality

Spring 2020 Theme: Paternalism

Fall 2019 Theme: The Past, Present, and Future of Work

Spring 2019 Theme: Economics and Knowledge

Fall 2018 Theme: The Role of Government in a Free Society

Spring 2018 Theme: Freedom and Human Flourishing: Poverty, Prosperity & Quality of Life around the World

Fall 2017 Theme: Economics and Social Issues: Markets and the Marginalized

Spring 2017 Theme: Cities, Local Government, and Local Governance

Fall 2016 Theme: Markets and Morality

Spring 2016 Theme: Markets and Economic Development: Does Capitalism Help the Poor?

Fall 2015 Theme: Classic and Contemporary Controversies in Political Economy

Spring 2015 Theme: Economic Freedom and Entrepreneurship

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