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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 Spring 2022 NOW OPEN until Saturday, January 22, 2022.

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.

Spring 2022 Theme: Capitalism, Socialism, and Human Flourishing

Spring 2022 Theme Description: The theme for the Bridwell-Armentrout Spring 2022 program will be "Capitalism, Socialism, and Human Flourishing." Students will explore the historical debate about the extent to which economies should be planned by governments or left to individuals. They will read and discuss works by a diverse group of scholars, including Adam Smith, Karl Marx, F.A. Hayek, Milton Friedman, and Joseph Stiglitz, that examine theoretical arguments for and against capitalism and socialism, as well as the outcomes of these systems in practice. We’ll explore questions such as: What do "socialism" and "capitalism" mean? What is the best way for a society to organize its economic system? How do societies ensure that scarce resources are channeled to highly valued uses? What can we learn from the past experiences of other countries with differing systems of government?

Spring 2022 Reading Material: Reading List to be posted later.

Spring 2022 Meetings: The program will meet February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, and 29. We will have weekly meetings on Friday from 11:00am - noon.

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.

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. 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 Spring 2022 McLane Scholars Program is Saturday, January 22, 2022.

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

To apply, please complete the Spring 2022 McLane Scholars Program application.

Spring 2022 Theme: Capitalism, Socialism, and Human Flourishing

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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