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Programs at the following universities received grants during 2012:
Emory University, Florida State University, Furman University, Hampden-Sydney College, Linfield College, Mississippi State University, Monterey Peninsula College, Ohio University, Rhodes College, Rockford College, Santa Barbara City College, Troy University, University of Arizona, University of California-Berkeley, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Utah State University, Yale University.


During 2012, almost $425,000 were granted to 19 programs on university and college campuses, six of which were new to the Apgar Foundation. The Foundation is proud to support programs which are in keeping with its mission to promote a better understanding of the principles which led America onto a uniquely successful path, as well as programs which expose students to the heritage of Western Civilization. Programs are often interdisciplinary in nature, with an emphasis in politics, economics, religion, philosophy, music, literature, and related disciplines.

Below, please find a few program recipients highlighted in no particular order. Programs were chosen for their illustrative value. We are proud of all our grantees, their commitment to the mission of the Apgar Foundation, and their dedication to enhancing students' opportunities to learn.


At Florida State University, Apgar Foundation supports the Gus A. Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Economic Education. At the Stavros Center, special attention is given to the 12 counties (Bay, Calhoun, Gadsden, Franklin, Gulf, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor and Wakulla Counties) that comprise the Center's region within the Florida Council of Economic Education. The Center's specific objectives include: • Workshops and Seminars: Provide workshops, seminars, and materials designed to promote a better understanding of economic issues for teachers, university students, and local citizens. • Product Development: Develop new and creative materials and approaches for teaching economics including videos, games, and computerized materials. • Training for Future Teachers: Offer special courses and workshops for the training of future teachers of economics and other social sciences. • Research: Promote research on political economy and the institutional environment for the efficient operation of a free enterprise economy.


At Linfield College, Apgar Foundation supports the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice, which seeks to promote the study and discussion of the rule of law, individual rights, and competing conceptions of justice. It has four major programmatic elements: •Undergraduate Minor in Law, Rights, & Justice (LRJ): an interdisciplinary academic program that will provide students with the opportunity to consider the philosophical and historical foundations of the rule of law, individual rights, and competing conceptions of justice. LRJ minors will explore the relationship of the rule of law and individual rights to the realization of freedom, democracy, equal opportunity, and human flourishing. • Public Lecture, Debate and Conference Series: an ongoing speaker series that brings distinguished scholars to campus for lectures, debates, and conferences on topics related to the mission of the Forum. • Undergraduate Fellow Program: an undergraduate fellow program that provides opportunities for students to participate in reading groups, roundtable discussions with visiting scholars, essay contests, debate contests, persuasive speaking contests, and collaborative research with faculty on themes related to the mission of the Forum. • Postdoctoral Fellowship: a two-year postdoctoral fellowship program that will bring young scholars to campus to teach in the LRJ program and participate in the planning and hosting of Forum events.


At Ohio University, Apgar Foundation supports the George Washington Forum, which seeks to bolster the teaching of America's foundational principles in their Western intellectual, political, and institutional contexts. It is founded on the idea that students facing an increasingly globalized world need to understand what particularly characterizes and distinguishes the nation in which they live and the civilization from which it emerged. As such, the Washington Forum aims to help students become enlightened citizens in a liberal democracy whose roots run deep in Western civilization but whose ideals and interests transcend the West.


At Troy University, Apgar Foundation supports the Manuel H Johnson Center for Political Economy. Programs of the Manuel Johnson Center are still in their early stages of development, but the Center has already hired four full-time economists and one full-time staff person is affiliated with the center. In Economics, Center faculty are working to create the possibility of an Economics major through the creation of new classes such as "The Economic and Moral Foundations of Capitalism" and "Public Choice/Public Finance". Finally, the Center is creating a program on "Liberty, Markets, and the Great Books," in the form of a non-curricular reading group open to all Troy University students.


At University of Nevada - Las Vegas, Apgar Foundation supports the Great Works Academic Certificate (GWAC). GWAC is an interdisciplinary program which promotes reflection on what it means to be human, on the ideas central to human life. Those ideas include justice, liberty, equality, and beauty. The program is called "Great Works" because it includes art and music, not merely books; it operates on the conviction that the fine arts contribute to the shaping of civilized life and thus should not be treated as foreign to the liberal arts and sciences. Most of the books on GWAC's reading list represent Western civilization. A one-credit seminar for seniors in the program also offers them an opportunity to discuss one or more great works in a common reading list and at the same time synthesize the material in that list with what they have studied in their other GWAC courses.


The mission of the William F. Buckley Program is to promote intellectual diversity at Yale by providing a home for conservative, intellectual thought on campus. Following the example of the program's namesake, it recognizes that the future of the country rests in educating the next generation by instilling belief in the power of markets, the uniqueness of Western philosophy, and a distrust in the efficiency of governments, among other areas. In the 2012-2013 academic year, the Buckley Program is engaging in four kinds of programming: First, it is working with the University to provide for-credit classes that promote its vision. Second, the Buckley Program will offer four non-for-credit classes for Yale students. Each class will be lead by a prominent visiting professor, and last for either an entire day or multiple sessions broken into a span of a few days. Third, the Buckley Program will host a series of guest lectures, debates, and conferences each semester. Lastly, the Program will organize a series of supplementary activities, from a published essay contest to organized trips for student fellows, to funded summer internships.