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Ashbrook Scholar Program

Over the past three decades, the Ashbrook Scholar Program has become the finest liberal arts program in Politics and History in America, gaining a national reputation due to the quality of the students it attracts and the superb faculty who teach them. These factors, coupled with a comprehensive liberal arts curriculum that emphasizes the reading of original historical texts and documents, come together to form an undergraduate program that cannot be found anywhere else in the country. It is a serious program for serious students.

Mitt Romney with the Ashbrook Scholars

The purpose of the Ashbrook Scholar Program is to broaden and deepen a student’s thinking about politics and history. Through a top-rated and rigorous academic program embedded in the liberal arts tradition, Ashbrook Scholars are challenged inside and outside the classroom. They study everything from Homer and Aristotle to the Federalist Papers and the speeches and deeds of America’s greatest statesmen.

The Ashbrook Center hosts a wide variety of prominent speakers such as Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, John Boehner, Clarence Thomas, John Kasich, Dick Cheney, and Ronald Reagan. At all Ashbrook events, Ashbrook Scholars are encouraged to ask tough questions and get straight answers during a private, hour-long, off-the-record seminar with the speaker.

Students in the Ashbrook Scholar Program must pursue a major or minor in Political Science, International Political Studies, History, or Social Studies Education at Ashland University. Ashbrook Scholars are chosen from each incoming freshman class and remain in the program throughout their tenure at Ashland. While at Ashland, Ashbrook Scholars participate in the programs of the Ashbrook Center, fulfill the scholarship requirements of the program, and receive a $2000 renewable scholarship based solely on merit.

Learn more about the Ashbrook Scholar Program and apply online at

Historical Resources

The Ashbrook Center has compiled a vast amount of original historical documents in our ever-expanding online Document Library on our sister site,  The documents in our online library are offered to students and teachers alike as a means of learning about American history from the original sources, the speeches and letters of those who have shaped our past and aimed us toward our future. All of the documents located there are free for use by anyone with an interest in the subject and may be printed and forwarded on to others.

Detail of Howard Chandler Christy’s “Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States”

The Ashbrook Center and Professor Gordon Lloyd of Pepperdine University have created several online exhibits at to provide a deeper look into the events and personalities that defined our nation during our Founding years.

  • Constitutional Convention – This exhibit covers the meetings and men who, over the course of four months, wrote the Constitution that remains the law of the land well over 200 years later. Included on the site is a day-by-day summary of the meetings of the Convention, a narrative of the events as a four-act drama, biographies of all the delegates, James Madison’s notes on the Convention, and an interactive daily attendance record. This exhibit is the most comprehensive historical record of the Constitutional Convention on the web.
  • The Federalist-Antifederalist Debates – This exhibit delves into the vigorous public debate that arose from the decisions made by the delegates of the Constitutional Convention, splitting America into two groups: those who supported the new Constitution (the Federalists) and those who opposed it (the Antifederalists). This is the story of that debate and how the United States is still guided by these opinions offered over 200 years ago.
  • The Ratification of the U.S. Constitution – This exhibit examines the process of ratification that took place after the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention in 1787 both “in-doors” in the ratifying conventions of the 13 states and “out-of-doors” in newspapers and pamphlets. The site provides an explanation of the six stages of ratification, biographies of the key figures, an interactive map, and in-depth studies of the key states: Virginia, Massachusetts, and New York.