The educational mission of the Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute is to teach the principles of free enterprise using the soft drink industry as a model. In an effort to further this mission, the Free Enterprise Scholars program was formed.
What Is The Free Enterprise Scholars Program?
The Free Enterprise Scholars program is a reading group style class that meets weekly to discuss select readings focused on enhancing students’ understanding of free enterprise issues and entrepreneurship.
Why Free Enterprise?
The basic ideas of free enterprise and entrepreneurship have transformative value for each and every human being. Unfortunately, these ideas are not adequately addressed in most primary and secondary schools. Students are rarely taught the extraordinary value that the free enterprise system creates for humanity, or encouraged to become entrepreneurs themselves. The goal of the Free Enterprise Scholars is to increase students’ understanding of free-enterprise issues and how the free-enterprise system enriches the lives of all Americans. The program will also introduce to them the ideas of entrepreneurship, provide them with an opportunity to interact with local entrepreneurs, and encourage them to think creatively about their futures.
The reading group will meet a total of 10 sessions per semester. Students will be given a university-style syllabus and provided with assigned readings. Students will be expected to read the assigned material in advance and come to the meetings prepared to discuss the readings. Reading selections will rotate each semester so particularly interested students may be accepted for the program for more than one semester. Upon successful completion of the program (defined as no more than two absences from weekly meetings and reasonable participation in group discussions), each student will receive the stipend.
Meetings will take place at the Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute, 300 South 5th Street, Waco, Texas 76701.
- The reading group will meet on the following Sundays in Spring of 2018:
- February 4, 11, 18, and 25
- March 18 and 25
- April 8, 15, 22, and 29
- 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
- Open to students in grades 11 and 12
- 12 spaces available per semester
- $400 stipend per student
- Application due by January 29, 2018