Koch Scholar Program
The Koch Scholar Program challenges students to think critically. The primary goal of the program is to instill students with an appreciation for great literature and meaningful dialogue.
Reading discussions are conducted in the Socratic method. Students are encouraged to challenge their first conclusions — which allows them to build confidence as they express their ideas over the course of the program.
- Meetings are held Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m.
- 15 books are provided – students read about a book per week
- Students participate in discussions online and in-person
- Dinner is provided at weekly discussions
The Koch Scholar Program is a 15-week student reading group hosted by the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University.
The reading group, which first started in 2005, is comprised of 15 students and a few faculty advisors, who meet weekly to discuss classic and contemporary literary works for a few hours over dinner. Participants also have the opportunity to continue the dialogue from their weekly meetings online.
The program has a long tradition of welcoming students of diverse academic backgrounds. All students at Utah State University, regardless of major, can apply. Applications are accepted on a semesterly basis. Successful applicants also receive a $1,000 stipend for their participation in the program.
The Koch Scholar Program is made possible through a generous gift from the Charles Koch Foundation.
Spring 2019 Reading List
Randy T Simmons
|Myth of the Robber Barons
Burton W. Folsom, Jr.
|The Gifts of Athena
|Doing Bad By Doing Good
|The Thing Itself
|WTF?! and The Invisible Hook
|The Long Divergence
|DEAD — Tyranny Comes Home
Abigail R. Hall and Christopher Coyne
David D. Friedman
|The Rational Optimist
|The Social Order of the Underworld
|Community Revival in the Wake of Disaster
Laura E. Grube, Stefanie Haeffele-Balch, Virgil Henry Storr
|Markets without Limits
Jason Brennan and Peter Jaworski
Participating in Koch Scholars gave me the opportunity to analyze the things I read and discuss them in a way that allowed me to learn from the depth of the text. The analysis and discussion with professors and other scholars added tremendous value to my academic experience. I’ve been exposed to new ideas and points of view, gained a better understanding of issues faced by our society, and want to make a difference in the world.
-Isaac Rhea, Spring 2018 Koch Scholar