BK Simon Scholarship Criteria: Robert Morris University BK Simon Scholarship Criteria | Robert Morris University


The following are the criteria for the B. Kenneth Simon Free Enterprise Scholarship. Applicants must:
  1. Be enrolled as a high school senior.
  2. Be a resident for more than one year of one of the following Pennsylvania counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Washington, or Westmoreland.
  3. Possess a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  4. Possess a combined SAT score of 1100 (critical reading and math) or higher or an ACT composite score of 24 or better.
  5. Secure a sponsoring teacher from high school to serve as an advisor for the research paper.
  6. Submit a research paper of between 2,500 and 3,000 words on a topic established annually by the scholarship selection committee.
  7. Application Deadline is Friday, December 11, 2015. Please click here to download a pdf application.


  • Friday, Dec. 11, 2015
    Application deadline for all students interested in the scholarship.
  • Friday, Feb. 12, 2016
    Research papers due for all candidates.
  • Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 (approximately)
    B. Kenneth Simon Free Enterprise Scholarship 2016 recipient chosen and notified.


    Political parties in the United States did not begin until just after the proposal of the U.S. Constitution. Over time, party bosses assumed great importance. More recently party primaries have assumed a crucial position in elections.

    The Constitution contemplated neither party bosses nor primary elections. Discuss the following with regard to political parties, bosses, and primaries:

    1. How do they protect or impair constitutional guarantees of one person/one vote?
    2. How do they otherwise affect the exercise of voting rights?
    3. Do they strengthen or weaken the two major political parties? What about third parties?
    4. Do they strengthen or weaken the influence of others on elections, such as large political donors, corporations, unions, or PACs.

    The research paper must include footnotes, references to sources and a bibliography page. A checklist of requirements will be provided to all applicants.