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by University Relations

Eight APU students emerged from a competitive scholarship process as Koch Fellows in fall 2011, each receiving a $1,000 scholarship. The program supports students entering their sophomore or junior year who express a keen interest in understanding and promoting political and economic freedom. Selected students maintain fellows status for the duration of an academic year and must enroll in the Foundations of Liberty Seminar, as well as participate in Koch lectures, colloquia, and dinners. They may also participate in paid summer public-policy internships at market-oriented institutes and nonprofit organizations.

The 2011–12 fellows, Courtney Webb ’13, Leizl Hinajon ’13, Justin Hyer ’14, Alex Bolves ’13, Scott Pieper ’14, Kaitlyn Maynard ’13, Jonathan Hughes ’13, and Matthew Cherry ’13, will attend three Koch conferences to learn from leading political scientists, economists, and historians. Mark Hall, Ph.D., professor of politics at George Fox University, serves as a spring lecturer, speaking on religious liberty at the time of the American Founding.

“The Koch Fellowship makes it possible for APU students to consider the question, ‘What type of government is most appropriate for human beings?’” said Daniel Palm, Ph.D., chair and professor in the Department of History and Political Science. “From Aristotle, the Bible, and Augustine to Locke, the American Founders, modern presidents, and Congress, Koch Fellows and their instructors read, discuss, and think through the principles and practice of human liberty, and what it might look like in regards to politics, economics, and faith.”

“As a Koch Fellow, I hope to benefit from the many opportunities the program provides, as well as get to know the other fellows and program advisors,” said Hughes, a political science and French horn performance major. “It is exciting to dialogue with others who share my passion for understanding and promoting political and economic freedom.”

“Powerful lectures coupled with enriching class discussions have proven to be both informative and thought provoking,” said Maynard, a history and political science major. “As a student who is interested in current political affairs, engaging in conversation about economic, social, and political freedom as it stands in our nation today really deepens my learning experience.”

Originally published in the Spring '12 issue of APU Life. Download the full issue (PDF).