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During 2022, we were very pleased to see the activities of the various programs we support return in-person to campuses. While much learning can happen virtually, there is something wonderful and awe-inspiring in the interactions among curious and critical minds that happens best in person.

This year Apgar Foundation grants supported work in public policy, law and justice, financial literacy, and many other subjects and approaches. What connects them is a common mission of encouraging the study of the institutions and traditions of Western Civilization, which seems evermore fragile.

Programs that focused on students at the following universities received grants during 2022:
Harvard University
Hillsdale College
University of Louisville
University of Maryland
Stetson University
Utah Valley University
Arizona State University
Louisiana State University
Xavier University
Stanford University
Texas Tech University
American University
Bucknell University
University of Texas-Austin
Florida State University
Princeton Theological Seminary
University of Pennsylvania
Rice University
Carnegie Mellon/University of Pittsburg
University of Michigan
Johns Hopkins University
Chapman University

During 2022, a total of $ 1,291,500 was also granted to 41 different non-profit organizations – ranging from $1,000-$150,000, including twenty-two programs at universities or independently operated tax-exempt entities located on or near campuses.

Below, please find examples of successful programs in 2022 that are pursuing the goals of the Apgar Foundation. They are chosen for their illustrative value:

The Beatrice Christian Studies Fellows Program is an ecumenical learning and research community. It serves students at the University of Pittsburg and Carnegie Mellon University and is providing programming that does not exist elsewhere on campus, integrating Christianity, and providing opportunities for learning, research and socializing among undergraduates. All participates benefits from the emphasis on community and culture-building.

At Chapman University, Apgar supported a Summer Scholars Program. Students worked on research projects with a variety of faculty, and also met together with faculty for five weeks to discuss a series of books deepening their understanding of Humanomics, or how one lives in both a social world of relationships and an impersonal world of competition and market transactions.

At the Scala Foundation the Apgar Foundation grant was used to support the mission of restoring meaning and purpose to American culture through beauty, liberal arts, and religion. Grant funds were used to support reading groups, writers’ groups, a writing masterclass, faculty dinners, and a variety of public lectures and events.

University of Michigan/Bur Oak Foundation

At the University of Michigan, Apgar Foundation supported the programs of the Bur Oak Foundation which seeks to educate students in what it means to “live the good life,” focusing on medical students as well as undergraduates with programming on topics in bioethics, alongside an event on Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and a public lecture on the topic of “visual thinking strategies.”