Scholarship Programs

Progress of Ideas Scholarship

The Robert Schalkenbach Foundation (RSF) was founded in 1925 with the mission to promote the ideas of 19th century social reformer, Henry George.  Our Progress of Ideas Scholarship program echoes that original organizational charge in its focus on economic equity and social justice, and its drive to discern and challenge the drivers of inequality in our systems of governance and taxation.

The scholarship supports the cost of attendance for students in fields of study related to the organization’s mission. We are seeking recipients whose lived experiences have engendered in them a commitment to social justice and a drive to make the world a better place for all people.

Long ago, Henry George wrote, “Social reform is not to be secured by noise and shouting; by complaints and denunciation; by the formation of parties, or the making of revolutions; but by the awakening of thought and the progress of ideas. Until there be correct thought, there cannot be right action; and when there is correct thought, right action will follow.” It is with this in mind that we have created our Progress of Ideas Scholarship.

The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance, and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals.

The application deadline for the 2022-2023 school year has closed.  Please see below for more information about the program and the 2023-2024 school year application.

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Supporting Georgist Scholarship in Higher Education

Our scholarships support the cost of attendance for students in fields of study related to RSF’s mission, including economics, urban planning, and public policy. The 2022-23 academic year will be the first in which we are granting awards, and even as a brand new opportunity, RSF received nearly 250 applications for its 5 awards – a number we expect to grow as awareness of the program increases in the future.

So who are our ideal scholars? Our criteria are simple: we’re looking for undergraduates in their Junior and Senior years of study, as well as graduate students at any level, whose lived experiences and personal convictions position them to draw inspiration and purpose from Henry George’s teachings throughout their lives.  

In short, we want to ensure that the decision makers of tomorrow are supported in obtaining the educational credentials they will need for success; and can draw on an understanding of Georgist economics, tax policies, and ethics, in their roles as citizens, business owners, and political and thought leaders.

RSF Staff Contact

Nadine Thompson

Program Manager