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Ashbrook Scholar Program


Ashbrook Scholars in class.

Ashbrook Scholars in class.

The Ashbrook Scholar Program is a rigorous and top-rated academic program for a select group of undergraduate students majoring or minoring in Political Science or History at Ashland University.

Ashbrook Scholars study with some of the finest faculty in the nation and undertake a program of courses and activities that challenge their mettle and bring out the best qualities of their character. It is a rigorous program for serious, public-spirited students with a passion for civic leadership.

An Ashbrook Scholar during her internship in Washington, DC.

An Ashbrook Scholar during her internship in Washington, DC.

Contrary to the alarming statistics citing how little college students know about American history, Ashbrook Scholars not only know American history but also understand what it means to be an American and why our country merits their affection. They come to understand that their country, the United States of America, is not only the most powerful and the most prosperous country on earth, but also that it is the most free and the most just. During their four years at Ashbrook, both in and out of the classroom, they learn why this is so.

Course of Study. Ashbrook Scholars experience a learning environment far removed from a standard college education. They 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, and develop a deep understanding of America’s founding principles. In addition, our Scholars:

  • Engage in private conversations with distinguished speakers who visit Ashbrook,
  • 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.

Internship. An integral part of the education of an Ashbrook Scholar is the hands-on, real-life experience in public affairs provided through internship opportunities. Each summer, Scholars are placed in internship positions at a variety of organizations including think tanks, government offices, non-profit agencies, and businesses around the country. Scholars have interned at The White House, The Heritage Foundation, The Fund for American Studies, The Weekly Standard, Fox News, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Center for Equal Opportunity, The American Conservative Union, The Institute of United States Studies at The University of London, The Washington Times, The Vatican, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, and various offices in state and national government.

To learn more about the program or to apply, please visit