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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" 
Video: Fall 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 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 2021 Theme: Economics, Evolution, and the Environment

Spring 2021 Theme Description: Our relationship with the natural environment affects and is affected by every aspect of economic activity. Students will read and discuss works on this issue from a variety of perspectives from authors such as Matthew Ridley and William Nordhaus.

Discussions will address questions such as:

  • How are biological and social evolution related?
  • How can economics inform ecology, and vice versa?
  • What does our evolutionary history imply for social policy?
  • What is the best way to protect the natural environment?
  • How can we address the problem of climate change?

Spring 2021 Reading Material: TBD

Spring 2021 Meetings: McLane Scholars Program will meet online for the Spring 2021 semester on Friday afternoons from 1:00 pm -2:00 pm CST

Spring 2021 Summit: McLane Scholars Program Summit will meet online for the Spring 2021 semester. Summit day and time TBD.

  • In February, program participants will participate in a summit meeting with participants from each participating school.
  • The summit program will feature group discussions and formal remarks from Matthew Ridley, columnist for The Telegraph and The Times, and member of the Science and Technology select committee for the House of Lords in Great Britain.

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 ONLINE Spring 2021 Summit TBD

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, TBD.
  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 Spring 2021 McLane Scholars Program is Monday, January 4.

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

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


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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