For the American experiment in self-government to endure, America’s founding principles must be taught anew to each generation of citizens. Through the use of original historical documents the Ashbrook Center teaches students across our country what America is and what America represents in the long history of the world.
The Ashbrook Scholar program is a rigorous and top-rated academic program for undergraduate students at Ashland University and the cornerstone of Ashbrook’s programs for students. Students in the program must pursue a major or minor in Political Science or History. Students study the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, as well as everything from Homer and Aristotle to the Federalist Papers and the speeches and deeds of America’s greatest statesmen.
The Ashbrook Scholar program has grown dramatically. The number of Ashbrook Scholars admitted has tripled over the past 15 years, with approximately 120 students currently in the program. Ashbrook Scholars experience a learning environment far removed from a standard college education.Our Scholars:
- Develop a deep understanding of America’s founding principles,
- Engage in private conversations with distinguished speakers who visit the Ashbrook Center,
- Adhere to an unwritten Code of Honor,
- Participate in internships tailored to their interests,
- Write, present, and defend a Statesmanship Thesis,
- Participate in an old-fashioned liberal arts education that prepares them for any career, and
- Graduate from the program and become leaders in various fields.
The Junior Ashbrook Scholar program provides a forum to 8th-12th grade students for an intellectual exploration of political philosophy. The program consists of six seminars conducted by Ashbrook faculty. The sessions focus on the foundations of American political thought, primarily the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Additionally Junior Scholars read letters from Thomas Jefferson, speeches from Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, Jr. Students also read excerpts from The Federalist Papers and various Supreme Court cases.
Past student programs include the Congressional Academies. One hundred twelve high-school juniors from all fifty states and the District of Columbia were selected each summer to participate in the Congressional Academy in Washington, DC. They spent their time in three daily lectures and engaging in discussions with smaller groups of 28 students twice a day along with day trips to Philadelphia and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.