The Koch Charitable Foundation has funded a unique scholar program at Utah State University that gives students from a variety of academic disciplines the opportunity to meet on a weekly basis to discuss an assortment of select books, movies and podcasts.
The Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation was established in 1980 by Charles G. Koch to advance social progress and well-being. Charles G. Koch is chairman of the board and CEO of Koch Industries, Inc., a diverse group of companies with more than $100 billion in revenues and 80,000 employees.
Students apply for the opportunity to become "Koch Scholars" and, if accepted, are given a $1,000 stipend. The program is guided by USU faculty members: Dr. Chris Fawson, Dr. Randy Simmons, Dr. Michael Thomas, Dr. William Shughart and Dr. Diana Weinert Thomas of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. Dr. Fawson stated, "The whole idea of the project is to stimulate creative thought, to help students be exposed to different ideas and to experience a set of literature that they may not have otherwise picked up. This program is another example that shows the Huntsman School is committed to creating an atmosphere and environment that cultivates the very best talent in the world."