Atlas Shrugged Video Contest!

The Ayn Rand Institute is sponsoring a new contest:  the Atlas Shrugged Video Contest!

Create a short web video, 3 minutes max, on how Ayn Rand’s epic story relates to current issues in society or in your own life.  And have fun doing it. Sponsored by the Ayn Rand Institute, videos will be judged on their intellectual strength, creativity and persuasiveness.

Grand Prize: $5,000; winning video posted on the Atlas Shrugged website
2nd Prize: $1,000
Viewer’s Choice: Apple iPad pre-loaded with writings of Ayn Rand
Contest Entry Starts: October 1, 2010 @12:00 AM (PDT)
Contest Entry Ends: December 8, 2010 @11:59 PM (PST)

Scholarships to Study Free-Market Ideas

National University of La Jolla, CA ( has a limited number of scholarships available for three online, undergraduate courses that focus on free-market economics and the philosophic foundations of capitalism. One of the courses uses Ayn Rand’s The Virtue of Selfishness and Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal as the required textbooks. These scholarships are being funded by a grant from the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation. The scholarships cover the full tuition for the courses plus the application fee to NU. These courses can be taken from anywhere in the world, as long as one has access to the internet. The courses incorporate live chat sessions in which the professor and students interact in a virtual classroom, much as they would in a traditional classroom.

To apply for one or more of these scholarships, send your name, transcript from your high school or university, and an essay of no more than 750 words discussing why you believe you deserve a scholarship and your future education and career plans to Dr. Brian P. Simpson. Send them to or 11255 North Torrey Pines Rd.; La Jolla, CA 92037. Please indicate which course or courses for which you are applying for a scholarship. You can apply for one to three scholarships, depending on how many courses you are interested in taking. While the courses are undergraduate courses, individuals who already have their undergraduate or graduate degree are welcome to apply. Note that to receive a scholarship you will have to apply to National University and enroll in the course(s). If you have questions, please contact Dr. Simpson at the email address above or 858-642-8431.