Category: Education

March 26, 2014

Pope Foundation Announces 2014 Class of Eagle Scout Scholars

Categories: Education, Press Releases

RALEIGH, N.C. MARCH. 26, 2014 — The John William Pope Foundation, one of the top-giving philanthropies in North Carolina, is proud to announce the 2014 class of Pope Family Eagle Scout scholars. The scholarships, valued at $20,000 for each student, will help four young men pursue careers in engineering, music, business, and medicine. The mission of the Pope Family Eagle Scout Scholarship is to further the course of study for devoted Eagle Scouts who want to become leaders in the free-enterprise system. The Pope family and the Pope Foundation have invested over $1 million in these promising young men and in the Occoneechee Council.* ___________________________________ ___________________________________ “Helping these Eagle Scouts become the greatest leaders of tomorrow — that’s our goal,” said John Akerman, CEO of the Occoneechee Council, the scouting council that administers the scholarship. “We’re excited to see where life takes this newest class of young men.” The Pope Foundation funds two scholarships, valued at $40,000, and the Occoneechee Council funds the other two, also valued at $40,000. The Occoneechee Council is the largest scouting council in North Carolina, serving 20,000 youths and covering 12 counties. The 2014 class of scholars comprises: Benjamin Cox: Plans to pursue a career in mechanical engineering and attend N.C. State University Evan Fritsch: Plans to major in business and pursue a career in music recording Austin Story: Plans to attend Wake Forest University and pursue the medical profession Michael Russell: Plans to pursue a career in civil engineering by earning a degree at either N.C. State University or Clemson University For more information or interviews, contact Dave Riggs or David Bass at 919-861-6445 or ABOUT THE POPE FOUNDATION The John William Pope Foundation, located in Raleigh, North Carolina, works to improve the well-being of the citizens of North Carolina and the nation through the advancement of individual freedom and personal responsibility. From its first grant in 1986 to the present, the Foundation’s giving has totaled over $100 million, primarily to charities and organizations in North Carolina. *A previous press release incorrectly stated that the John William Pope Foundation has invested over $1 million in the Pope Family Eagle Scout Scholarship and in the Occoneechee Council. That number inadvertently included a personal gift by the late John William Pope. The Pope Foundation regrets the error. ###

March 20, 2014

The state of the UNC system

Categories: Education

In light of recent news about budget requests from the University of North Carolina system, check out this excellent report from the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy's Jenna Ashley Robinson examining "the state of the state" of the UNC system:  To understand and evaluate a university's effectiveness requires a lot of information. But rarely is that information brought together in one place. “The State of the State University” by Jenna Ashley Robinson compiles publicly available data about the University of North Carolina system. In an easily readable way, it illustrates key characteristics of the 16 campuses and how they have changed over the past decade. This information will be useful for students and parents, the public, policy-makers, university administrators, and faculty. This report shows, through graphs and tables, the University of North Carolina’s enrollment growth, tuition history, admissions data, and graduation rates. It provides details about student aid, student debt, the ratio of faculty to students, and the ratio of administrators to faculty. It includes information about faculty salaries, state appropriations, and state subsidy of instruction costs.

March 07, 2014

N&O editorial: Art Pope raised ‘proper questions’ about UNC’s budget request

Categories: Education, In The News

The editorial page of the Raleigh News & Observer writes that Deputy Budget Director Art Pope, who also serves as President and Chairman of the John William Pope Foundation, raised "proper questions" about the University of North Carolina system's proposed $2.8 billion budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year: A stern cautionary note from state budget director Art Pope to the University of North Carolina system comes down to this: This is my second memo about the state budget. You guys must not have gotten the first one. Pope has sent UNC system officials back to the budget drawing board, and because he is viewed as the top adviser to Gov. Pat McCrory and the most influential person in the executive branch, the message will be received. Pope told university officials in a Feb. 28 memo that they’re asking for too much money. He noted that to satisfy the university system’s request for a budget increase of $288 million, or 11.3 percent, the state would have to make “major reductions” in other agencies, including the court system and public schools. He noted the state also has a major obligation with Medicaid, the health care system for the poor and disabled. The university system is seeking the money as the legislature readies to convene this spring to adjust the second year of its two-year budget. .... [It's] fair and appropriate for Pope to question the UNC system’s budget request. Peter Hans, chairman of the UNC system’s Board of Governors, gave exactly the right response in saying he and the board “welcome tough questions about how the university proposes to spend public dollars.” He said Pope was “doing what taxpayers should expect him to do."  

February 20, 2014

Clemson Institute Pope Lecture: ‘Champion of the Market: The Life and Ideas of F.A. Hayek’

Categories: Education

The Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism will host distinguished scholar Dr. Bruce Caldwell of Duke University for a lecture on Feb. 26. The topic: "Champion of the Market: The Life and Ideas of F.A. Hayek." The event is free and open to the public. (Download a PDF of the announcement here.) Dr. Caldwell is Director of the Center for the History of Political Economy and Research Professor of Economics at Duke University. Professor Caldwell is one of the world's leading Hayek scholars and the General Editor of the Collected Works of F.A. Hayek published by the University of Chicago Press. Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2014. Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Place: Self Auditorium in the Strom Thurmond Institute on the Clemson University campus.

February 17, 2014

The Fund for American Studies: Internship opportunities in Washington, D.C.

Categories: Education, Entrepreneurship, Public Policy

The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) is accepting applications for its summer 2014 academic internship programs held in Washington, D.C. Since 1967, TFAS has been putting students on the path to leadership and influence through its summer and semester "Live. Learn. Intern." programs. TFAS summer institutes include a guaranteed internship placement, courses for credit at George Mason University taught by outstanding faculty, housing in furnished apartments in Washington, D.C. just blocks from the White House, guest lectures, site briefings, professional development activities, and social events. Programs are offered in the following areas of study: Public Policy & Economics International Affairs & Economics Business & Government Affairs Journalism, Communications & Public Relations Community Service & Nonprofit Sector Generous scholarship awards are available to residents of North Carolina through the support of the John William Pope Foundation. Further program details and an online application may be found at here. Applicants are encouraged to apply today to receive priority scholarship consideration. The final deadline is March 18. Questions may be directed to Mary Stankus at or 202-986-0384.

February 10, 2014

Conservative social justice

Categories: Education, Entrepreneurship, Family Issues, Humanitarian, Philanthropy Updates, Public Policy

"Conservatives need a social justice agenda of their own." So writes Arthur Brooks, president of the Washington D.C.-based American Enterprise Institute, in a new article for Commentary magazine. Brooks main question is this: How can conservatives overcome the widespread perception that they care little for the poor, while progressives care significantly? The transformation begins, Brooks writes, by articulating a conservative social-justice agenda: Conservative leaders owe it to their followers and the vulnerable to articulate a positive social-justice agenda for the right. It must be tangible, practical, and effective. And it must start with the following question: What do the most vulnerable members of society need? This means asking the poor themselves. Brooks builds his case on three pillars: Moral transformation: Fostering the values of faith, family, community, and work. Material relief: Encouraging individual charity and building a social safety net that discourages dependence. Opportunity: Advocating for education reform and the virtuousness of the free market. Writes Brooks: Our nation has a great deal of need that goes unmet, and it is only exacerbated by years of misguided statist policies and a materialistic culture. The social-justice agenda outlined above can reorient us toward our best selves and toward our obligation to help the vulnerable. It is an agenda that seeks transformation, relief, and opportunity. It means defending a culture of faith, family, community, and work; increasing our charity and protecting the safety net for the truly needy; and fighting for education reform and free enterprise as profound moral imperatives. This agenda will do the most good for the most people—and revive the conservative movement. For too long, conservatives have identified themselves as fighting against things, perpetually making war on the left’s mistaken priorities. They fight against punitive taxes, creeping overregulation, wasteful spending, licentious culture, and ruinous national debt. There is no reason to repudiate the ideology behind these fights. But these second-order policy fights are not intrinsic to a better nation; they are merely instrumental. The central, motivating purpose of conservative philosophy is not fighting against things. It is fighting for people.

February 06, 2014

[VIDEO] Specialization: Because we can’t be good at everything

Categories: Education, Entrepreneurship, Public Policy

Check out this instructive and humorous video from on the importance of specialization and trade: