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Programs at the following universities received grants during 2014:
Bethel University, The Berkeley Institute, College of Charleston, Faulkner University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida Atlantic University, Florida State University, Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Linfield College, Monterey Peninsula College, New York University, Santa Barbara City College, Texas Tech University, Trevecca University, Troy University, University of Nevada LV, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, University of Texas at Austin, Utah State University, and the W. F. Buckley Jr. Program at Yale.

During 2014 about $470,000 were granted to 21 programs, seven of which were new to the Apgar Foundation.

We are happy to see robust, varied, thriving programs at schools varying from community colleges to elite universities. We are particularly interested in the ways in which grantees are exploring ways of promoting the goals of the Apgar Foundation through new technology.

Every one of these programs, in its own different way, is working to further Apgar Foundation's mission of broadening students' horizons by stimulating thought and debate about Western and American traditions, institutions, and values.

Below, please find a number of programs receiving funding in 2014-15. They are highlighted in no particular order, but rather chosen for their illustrative value.



Santa Barbara City College, the Apgar Foundation supports a student symposium and writing competition open to SBCC students and participating Santa Barbara area high schools. It includes a month-long series of workshops, formal lectures, and live performances of the featured play. The symposium has resulted in a very successful collaboration of faculty, students and area High Schools in a semester long effort. Its goal is to build deeper, personal levels of understanding of the chosen classical text, and to expose students both within and outside the Great Books program to texts they would otherwise not engage. It not only introduces students to a dramatic classical work - often for the first time in their lives - but connects them to related activities on stage and in the classroom which expand the text's accessibility through intimate dramatic presentation. This close and protracted study of a single classical work serves as an introduction to the Western classical tradition and students experience the foundations of Western literature and its enduring influence on our culture.


The Berkley Institute supports faculty-led workshops, seminars and reading groups. These seminars reach the most gifted and intellectually curious students at Berkley. In diversifying the range of topics offered to students, the Institute is able to address the challenges undergraduates face in maintaining a broad and coherent vision of knowledge and faith while studying in a fragmented, secular environment. In the modern university, undergraduates experience a confusing and often unrelated menu of choices. The senior mentor-leaders at the Institute - professors of English, nuclear engineering, and philosophy - are committed to helping students explore our classical traditions in a sustained, open, and rigorous encounter with contemporary thought.


At Texas Tech University, the Apgar Foundation supports the Free Market Institute, which aims to engage and educate students and the Texas Tech community about the historical dynamism and future growth and prospects of institutions that engender entrepreneurship, innovations and voluntary, mutually beneficial exchange in the marketplace. The Institute promotes scholarship that crosses disciplinary boundaries, providing a forum that encourages and values discussion and rigorous debate regarding all aspects of free markets.


At the At W. Buckley Jr. Program at Yale , the Apgar Foundation's support puts undergraduates at the center of programming in providing support for the internship program and the annual fall conference. Interns work at publications or a think tank for a summer. They can grow professionally, learn to pursue independent research and writing, enter open and vigorous debate, as well as forge connections with co-workers. Interns are an integral part of the editorial team at the various publications where they work. During its fall conference, students are 'challenged to think about the duty that accompanies a college degree and the sort of life we should seek to enrich ourselves, our families, and our country.'


At Faulkner University, the Apgar Foundation provides general support for the development of a fully online Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities with a Great Books curriculum. In development is a menu of 12-15 courses with a launch of this degree program in the fall of 2014. Faulkner University's Christian Institute for the Study of Liberal Arts (CISLA), a division of the Great Books Honors College, has successfully launched graduate-level distance programs--a Master of Letters and a Doctor of Philosophy in Humanities--with a curriculum grounded in the Great Books of Western civilization. In cooperation with the Department of Humanities, plans are to take the fully online Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities to self-sufficiency by the end of the third year, in 2018. The Apgar support will help guarantee final administrative approval and allow the degree program to launch this fall.