Informed Citizens

The Foundation’s interests include classic and twenty-first century First Amendment issues and the larger challenge of the creation of a better informed citizenry. It currently has no open application grant programs in the informed citizen area.


  • Applied History Course Development Program

    In line with its mission to ‘develop a better informed citizenry’, the Foundation’s focus in Applied History is narrower than the typical “big tent” definition of Applied History as the examination of recent or current-day issues through an analysis of historical precedents or parallel. The Foundation’s focus is on the development of undergraduate courses which prepare students for their role as citizens. The Foundation wishes to promote Applied History courses that examine U.S. public policy issues that students will confront throughout their lifetimes. It believes that a familiarity with the historical record on such major issues will help prepare students for their role as citizen and lead them to be more informed consumers of news and more responsible decision makers.

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  • A Prize Contest: Applying History to Clarify the COVID-19 Challenge

    Inspired by the American Historical Association’s call for historians to apply their skills to help illuminate the challenge COVID-19 poses to our nation and the world, the Foundation launched a weekly contest to identify and reward what it judged the best new Applied History article or op-ed that illuminates the current coronavirus crisis. An advisory panel from the Applied History Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center assisted in the screening process. Weekly contest winners received $1,000, and the Foundation also offered an additional $2,500 for the best overall from the contest period. A $5,000 Grand Prize was awarded for the best article/op-ed published during the first six months of 2020. The contest ended on June 30, 2020. A copy of the AHA's statement can be found on the Prize Contest Resources page.

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About the Foundation

The Stanton Foundation was created by Frank Stanton, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest executives in the history of electronic communications and one of the television industry’s founding fathers.