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. Attend a mandatory orientation session on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, to gain direction on completing the required essay and to meet with members of the B. Kenneth Simon Free Enterprise Scholarship Selection Committee.
  8. Application Deadline is Friday, February 21, 2014. Please click here to download a pdf application.


  • Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
    Application deadline for all students interested in the scholarship.
  • Tuesday, March 18, 2014
    Applicants must attend this mandatory information session providing details on the scholarship and the selection process.
  • Monday, April 21, 2014
    Research papers due for all candidates.
  • Friday, May 16, 2014 (approximately)
    B. Kenneth Simon Free Enterprise Scholarship Fall 2014 recipient chosen and notified.


Applicants must attend a mandatory orientation session at Robert Morris University on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend. The orientation session will include the following:
  • Overview of Robert Morris University
  • Overview of the selection criteria and process for the scholarship
  • Overview of the grading criteria for the research paper
  • Suggested list of sources to review in preparation for the research paper


    People often speak of turning points in history or society. These events reflect important social, political, or economic changes. Decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court can be turning points. Identify turning points with regard to two of the three following topics:

    1. Civil rights, including the freedom to marry;
    2. Privacy, including marital privacy and other forms of privacy;
    3. Religion, including prayer in public schools

    Discuss any Supreme Court decisions related to the two turning points you choose. Also discuss whether the court decisions reflected changes that had already occurred, spurred the change, or both.