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  •  And I'm sure the "Koch Scholars" have to study (20+ / 0-)

    certain things at certain schools.

    "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 08:28:54 AM PDT

    •  asdf (19+ / 0-)
      To be considered for a Koch Scholars Program Undergraduate Scholarship, an applicant must be:

      * African American

      * Applying to, admitted to, or enrolled in a full-time four-year college or university and pursuing one of the seven (7) eligible disciplines (Accounting, Business, Economics, Engineering, History, Philosophy or Political Science) at an eligible Institution.  (See the eligible Institutions listing in the Eligibility Requirements section)

      * A student with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

      * A citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

      This comment is dedicated to my mellow Adept2U and his Uncle Marcus

      by mallyroyal on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 08:31:56 AM PDT

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      •  Eligible Institutions (15+ / 0-)

        I can't make out a pattern; it's HBCUs and ... ?

        Albany State University, Allen University, Alma College, American University, Arizona State University, Augustana College, Baylor University, Beloit College, Benedict College, Benedictine College, Bennett College For Women, Berry College, Bethel College, Bethune-Cookman University, Boise State University, Buena Vista University, California State University-East Bay, Catholic University Of America, Chapman University, Charleston Southern University, Christopher Newport University, Citadel Military College Of South Carolina, Claflin University, Clark Atlanta University, Coastal Carolina University, College Of Charleston, Creighton University, Dartmouth College, Dillard University, Duquesne University, Edward Waters College, Emporia State University, Fayetteville State University, Fisk University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida Memorial University, Florida Southern College, Florida State University, Friends University, George Mason University, George Washington University, Georgia State University, Grove City College, Hampden-Sydney College, Harvard University, Hillsdale College, Houston Baptist University, Huston-Tillotson University, Indiana University-Bloomington, Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis, Interdenominational Theological Center, Jacksonville State University, James Madison University, Jarvis Christian College, Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte, Johnson C Smith University, Kansas State University, Kenyon College, Lane College, Le Moyne-Owen College, Lee University, Lindenwood University, Livingstone College, Loyola University-New Orleans, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, McGill University, Michigan State University, Middle Tennessee State University, Miles College, Montclair State University, Morehead State University, Morehouse College, Morris College, North Carolina State University At Raleigh, North Dakota State University-Main Campus, Northwest University, Northwood University-Florida, Northwood University-Michigan, Northwood University-Texas, Oakwood University, Ohio State University-Main Campus, Ohio University-Main Campus, Oklahoma State University-Main Campus, Paine College, Philander Smith College, Purdue University-Main Campus, Ramapo College Of New Jersey, Rust College, Saginaw Valley State University, Saint Ambrose University, Saint Augustine's University, Saint Cloud State University, Saint Johns University, Saint Michael's College, Salisbury University, Samford University, San Diego State University, San Jose State University, Seton Hall University, Shaw University, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Southern Methodist University, Southern Utah University, Spelman College, St Lawrence University, St Mary's College Of Maryland, Stephen F Austin State University, Stillman College, Stonehill College, Suffolk University, Suny College At Plattsburgh, Talladega College, Texas A & M University-College Station, Texas College, Texas Tech University, The University Of Tennessee, The University Of Texas At San Antonio, The University Of West Florida, Tougaloo College, Troy University, Tuskegee University, University Of Alaska Fairbanks, University Of Arizona, University Of Arkansas At Little Rock, University Of Dallas, University Of Dayton, University Of Illinois At Springfield, University Of Kansas, University Of Kentucky, University Of Louisville, University Of Maryland-College Park, University Of Missouri-Columbia, University Of Nebraska At Omaha, University Of New Orleans, University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill, University Of Pennsylvania, University Of Richmond, University Of San Diego, University Of Tulsa, University Of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Utah State University, Villanova University, Virginia Union University, Voorhees College, Western Carolina University, Western Kentucky University, Western Michigan University, Wheaton College, Wichita State University, Wilberforce University, Wiley College, Xavier University Of Louisiana
      •  For some reason (1+ / 0-)
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        The list does not include Mathematics, Computer Science or the sciences.

        (And I mean that--no snark. The only reason I can see is that the disciplines mentioned seem to be correlated with developing a libertarian philosophy--though I'm not so sure about the last three--and the sciences, at least recently, do not.)

    •  huge list of colleges on right margin of that link (3+ / 0-)
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      This comment is dedicated to my mellow Adept2U and his Uncle Marcus

      by mallyroyal on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 08:33:37 AM PDT

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    •  The application's essay questions (16+ / 0-)

      Most of it is standard and common-sense; I don't know if they have to answer one, multiple, or all possibly all these questions:

      ESSAY 1
      Describe why you are interested in learning about how entrepreneurship, economics and innovation contribute to the well-being of individuals, communities and society.  

      ESSAY 2
      Please state how you define individual, societal and community well-being.

      ESSAY 3
      Please state what you see as the ideal role of business.

      ESSAY 4
      Please describe the type of person you see as the ideal entrepreneur.

      ESSAY 5
      Please state how you view the role innovation plays in our society.

      ESSAY 6
      A list of three people or books that have influenced your thinking about entrepreneurship, economics and innovation and explain in one sentence how each has influenced you.

    •  That would not be unusual for a privately-funded (6+ / 0-)

      scholarship.  Often, there are specific scholarships geared to students in specific areas of study.  

      •  No shit. Most donors, however, don't have the (4+ / 0-)

        near unlimited funds that the Kochs do. The Koch brothers are in a position to impact American universities in a way that very few other donors are. The Kochs have already shaped the American political scene in a way and on a scale that no other donors have, even though the Kochs were hardly the first people to donate money to politicians.

        •  I myself am terrible afraid (2+ / 0-)
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          of the coming wave of RW black engineers, all henchmen of the Koch Conspiracy™. I know this is going to happen because after my wife got her Pullman Foundation scholarship, it turned her into a plutocratic capitalist enemy of the downtrodden.
          Oh, wait...I forgot—she's still votes straight Democrat. Never mind.

          •  Okay, then it's impossible that the Kochs (0+ / 0-)

            could ever use their money for effective influence, because your wife votes Dem.

            •  Let's just say (0+ / 0-)

              that the causative or even associative tie between  Koch scholarship grants and subsequent political opinion or action on the part of recipients is wholly undemonstrated.

              Meantime, there is plenty of demonstrable need, and IMO it is absolutely a good thing that some kids will get their needs met, no matter anyone's sinister interpretation (again, wholly undemonstrated) of motives behind the gifts.

              •  The Kochs seem to think it will pay off (4+ / 0-)
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                They are trying it out at the HS level now.

                The focus on high school students is a key part of the Kochs' long-term effort to create a libertarian-minded society from the ground up.

                "We hope to develop students' appreciation of liberty by improving free-market education," the Koch associates wrote during the program's initial planning stages. "Ultimately, we hope this will change the behavior of students who will apply these principles later on in life."


                Besides paying for training, providing curriculum materials and paying a portion of teacher salaries, they are also paying the students.

                It rewards current students and alumni of YE for attending YE-approved lectures outside the classroom. Each event is assigned a point value, and attendees can redeem the points for scholarship money or venture capital funding.

                "That’s right, the more involved you are, the more money you'll earn to put toward your business or higher education!" reads the YE Academy homepage.

                They aren't investing all of that effort and money with no expectation that it will work.

                “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

                by Catte Nappe on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 02:39:11 PM PDT

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                •  Once again (1+ / 0-)
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                  the relationship of this to some demonstrable outcome is, what exactly? Probably about the same relationship as my friend's VFW scholarship had to his opposition to the Vietnam war. My advice: let them take the money and run.

      •  Except the Kochs get really, really specific (9+ / 0-)

        They aren't the kind to give scholarships for students merely studying economics, but want to be sure students are learning a prescribed libertarian unregulated free-market approach to economics.

        “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

        by Catte Nappe on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 10:30:41 AM PDT

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        •  Not sure about that ... (6+ / 0-)

          ... sounds more like they want to identify students who they predict will have those interests.

          •  Expectations for the allowed schools (4+ / 0-)

            Many of the schools they donate to provide course content and curriculum focused on that ideology. It's not just "predicting" a student might lean that way, but assuring that students are exposed solely or principally to their preferred "school of thought". In some cases it was a requirement of the funding. I suppose in others it may have been that the funding followed an existing leaning in the faculty or curriculum.

            “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

            by Catte Nappe on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 12:07:43 PM PDT

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