Ashbrook, an independent center at Ashland University, restores and strengthens the capacities of the American people for constitutional self-government.
Since 1983, Ashbrook has demonstrated an extraordinary track record of success by building and refining a series of high-quality programs that impact teachers, students, and citizens.
Through the use of great books and original historical documents, Ashbrook teaches students across our country what America is and what America represents in the long history of the world.
At the heart of Ashbrook’s work is the Ashbrook Scholar Program, a top-rated academic program for a select group of undergraduate students majoring or minoring in Political Science, History, or Political Economy 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 them 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.
In addition to the Ashbrook Scholar Program, Ashbrook runs a wide variety of programs to assist America’s social studies teachers in becoming even better at the undeniably important job of educating new generations of Americans about their nation’s history and government. We do this through our Master’s in American History and Government program as well as free webinars and seminars held across the country.
Rather than teaching through textbooks, Ashbrook engages students and teachers in conversations about primary source documents and through these documents, deepens their knowledge of American history and constitutional principles.
For more than 130 years, Ashland University has been home to individuals striving for academic, professional, and spiritual growth. Focused on rigorous academic pursuits, students of Ashland develop critical thinking, leadership, and professional skills. Rooted in faith and tradition with an unwavering commitment toward “Accent on the Individual,” Ashland University offers students an environment that promotes values and respect toward each person and their spirituality. The one-on-one relationships with faculty and students, challenging programs, and collective sense of community are a few of the reasons students cite for coming to, and staying at, Ashland University.
With nationally recognized scholars programs, innovative learning labs, exceptional athletic programs, places of worship, and award-winning dining facilities, Ashland University is designed to nurture all aspects of student development. A nationally-ranked university with global impact, Ashland University has students calling Ashland “home” decades after graduation. The highly personal Ashland experience instills in students the discipline, confidence, and values to not just succeed in the world, but to impact it in the most positive ways possible.
Ashland University was founded in 1878 by the Brethren Church to offer courses in the arts and sciences and in the professions. The spirit of the founders was summed up in the 1884-85 catalog which said that the courses “would develop students intellectually, but not at the expense of the heart; that rich and poor meet on the grounds of equality; that worth, not dress, is valued and respected; that economy, not extravagance, is fostered; and that a desire for usefulness, not show is promoted.” This commitment to a useful and satisfying education has continued from that time.
For more information about Ashland University, visit its website at www.ashland.edu.
Ashbrook Scholar Program
The Ashbrook Scholarship is an annual and renewable scholarship to Ashland University awarded solely on merit to the most promising students interested in studying politics and history. But it’s so much more than that.
There is a sense of honor attached to being called an “Ashbrook Scholar” because it is earned through dedication and a true passion for the subject.In the course of their four years at Ashland University, Ashbrook Scholars from across the nation undertake a rigorous program that will expand and reframe their understanding of American history and government.
The broader purpose of the Ashbrook Scholar Program is to educate principled leaders for America’s future by teaching the principles of free government and promoting the civic virtue necessary to maintain it.
The Ashbrook Scholar Program has achieved a national reputation as one of the finest programs for undergraduate students due to the quality of the students it attracts, the superb faculty who teach them in the classroom, and the dedicated staff who devote an extraordinary amount of time to them outside the classroom. These factors, coupled with a comprehensive curriculum that emphasizes the reading of original historical texts and documents, come together to form an undergraduate program in politics and history that cannot be found anywhere else.
To learn more about the Ashbrook Scholar Program or to apply, visit www.AshbrookScholar.org.