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McLane Scholars Program

Free Enterprise at the Baugh Center

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

Video: Fall 2015 Reading Group Says "Thank You" 
Video: Spring 2016 Reading Group Says "Thank You"
Video: Fall 2016 Reading Group Says "Thank You" 
Video: Spring 2017 Reading Group Says "Thank You" 
Video: Fall 2017 Reading Group Says "Thank You"
Video: Spring 2018 Reading Group Says "Thank You"
Video: Fall 2018 Reading Group Says "Thank You"
Video: Spring 2019 Reading Group Says "Thank You"
Video: Fall 2019 Reading Group Says "Thank You"
Video: Spring 2020 Reading Group Says "Thank You" 


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 Teammates Scholar 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 Teammates Scholar 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 2020 Theme: Exploring Inequality

Fall 2020 Theme Description: The theme for the McLane/Armentrout/Bridwell Fall 2020 program will be "Exploring Inequality." Inequality is frequently said to be a growing problem that needs to be addressed. Students will read and discuss works on this issue from a variety of perspectives. Authors will include Milton Friedman, Joseph Stiglitz, Tyler Cowen, and Paul Krugman. We will explore questions such as: What do people mean by the term "inequality"? How do you measure it? Is it changing substantially over time? What can (and should) public policy do to address it? What other solutions are there?

Fall 2020 Reading Material: Program participants will receive a set of readings and other materials from world-renowned scholars. More information and detail coming soon. 

Fall 2020 Meetings: The McLane Scholar Reading Group will meet online for the Fall 2020 semester. Meetings will be 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (CST) every Friday. The Fall reading group meetings will wrap up before Thanksgiving break.

Fall 2020 Summit: The McLane Scholar Reading Group Summit will meet online for the fall semester. Participants should plan to block out 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (CST) on Saturday, October 17.

The McLane Teammates Scholar 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 ONLINE Fall 2020 McLane Summit on October 17

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 17.
  3. Participate in filming of short, "thank you" video to the program sponsors. Details will be provided at a later date. See the video links at the top of the page for previous "thank you" videos.

The deadline to submit an application for the Fall 2020 McLane Teammates Scholar Program is Friday, July 31.

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

To apply, please complete the Fall 2020 McLane Scholars program application.


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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