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Programs at the following universities received grants during 2016:
Alexander Hamilton Institute (Hamilton College), Arizona State University, Benedictine College, Carroll College, Clemson University, Faulkner University, FGCU, University of Arizona, Indiana University -Bloomington, MIT, NYU, and University of Montana.

During 2016, $380,000 were granted to 12 faculty programs, one of which was new to the Apgar Foundation.

Apgar Foundation is proud to support a wide range of institutions whose programming is in keeping with our mission.

We recognize that each educational community is different. We are open to a wide range of programs at different types of schools, and continue to be inspired by the contributions our faculty and teachers make through their efforts to expose students and the broader community to important aspects of American history and thought, and the ideas of Western civilization in their own way. Each program enriches student's access to liberal education, making a lasting contribution by increasing intellectual diversity, promoting scholarship, and increasing flexibility in learning. We are pleased whenever the host institutions for our programs embrace them and work hard to promote them among their students, faculty, and donor communities. Their institutional support will be essential, in the long-term, to the success of these efforts.

Below, please find a newly supported program and two multi-year grant programs promoting the goals of the Apgar Foundation chosen for their illustrative value:



At IU-Bloomington, the Apgar Foundation supports the Tocqueville Program which in partnership with the Lilly School of Philanthropy will act as a convener of diverse interests, gathering constituents drawn from the IU student body, volunteer organizations, and non-profit leadership to high school teachers. Among the activities of the program will be a series of Oxford-Style debates, public events, hosting of various scholars, practitioners and leaders who will engage in lectures and roundtable discussions. They will present research on a broad range of subjects, from the political thought of Alexis de Tocqueville to critics of capitalism and the challenges affecting American democracy today. The Tocqueville program believes it is critically important to challenge the stagnant ideological debates which position governance as resting solely between markets and state. The program's activities will be focusing on key concepts such as self-government, civil society, and voluntary associations.


At Clemson University, the Apgar Foundation is a founding sponsor of the Lyceum Scholars Program which is a four-year, undergraduate scholarship program that uses a Great Books approach to study the history of liberty and capitalism, the principles of the American Founding, and the importance of the individual moral character necessary to life in a free society. Student's demand for this program has been so great that a second track of non-scholarship students who simply want to be in the program has been added. Apgar Foundation has pledged five years of support to help launch this program.


At MIT, the Apgar Foundation supports the Benjamin Franklin Project. The project began six years ago with a focus on introducing to engineering students the thinking of the greatest minds in the Western tradition, a strong focus on America as the most successful country for engineering, and the only country in which the progress of sciences is directly referenced in its Constitution. The Franklin program pairs engineering case studies with foundational readings, films, and written analysis addressing engineering disasters, biotechnology, court cases, and ethical codes relevant to the scope and aims of engineering. The passion of the project lies with its ambition of teaching engineers how to go beyond solving technical problems to explore the moral place and context of engineering more broadly. Apgar Foundation has pledged five years of support to help the Franklin Project grow to the next level of success.