Koch Leaders Program

Are you interested in politics, economics, and Christianity? Are you looking for fellowship with people looking to learn more about political and economic freedom? Are you looking for another way to build your resume? The Koch Leaders Program may be what you’re looking for!

What is the Koch Leaders Program?

The Koch Leaders Program is an advanced learning program funded by the Charles G. Koch Foundation. For eleven weeks, twenty undergraduate students at Regent University will study and discuss books/articles that apply Christianity to American politics and the free market system. The program aims to help Regent undergraduate students learn about political and economic freedom in the hope of helping them grow as American citizens and Christian leaders.

The Koch Leaders program is available to both online and on-campus undergraduate students. On-campus students will meet for group discussions during the evening time. At the beginning of each meeting, these students will be provided with dinner before the discussion begins. The meetings will be coordinated by Professor Rob Schwarzwalder, who is the Senior Lecturer of General Education and a professor in the Honors College. Remote students will meet through video conferences coordinated by Dr. Brian Baugus, who is the Associate Professor of Economics and a professor in the Honors College. All students selected for the program will receive the books and articles used in the program without charge.

Students in the program will have the opportunity to meet two guest speakers who will speak about the importance of Christian faith in politics and economics. Following the end of the program, students will be recognized at their graduation as fellows of the Koch Leaders Program.

Who Can Apply?

Applicants must be undergraduate students at Regent University. A background in politics and/or economics is not necessary. Remote students are welcome to apply! However, all students who participate in the program will be expected to read the provided books/articles and to contribute to all of the group discussions.

How Do I Apply?

Complete a digital application (Word document) and email it to Professor Rob Schwarzwalder at rschwarzwald@regent.edu by Monday, February 7, 2022. You can find the application on this webpage. After submitting the application, students may also be interviewed by Professor Rob Schwarzwalder as part of the application process. 

Where Can I Find More Information?

For more information about the Koch Leaders Program, click here or email Professor Schwarzwalder at rschwarzwald@regent.edu.

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Maylene Dio

Maylene Dio is a staff writer for The Daily Runner.