Eligibility, Cost, and Technical Requirements


To be eligible for the Ashbrook Academy, you must be a rising junior or senior in high school beginning your junior or senior year of high school in the fall of 2020.

College Credit

Participants in the Ashbrook Academy will receive two elective credits in Political Science from Ashland University for attending all academic sessions of the Academy and completing and passing the final exam of the Academy. This credit can be used toward an undergraduate degree at Ashland or may be transferred to another institution.

Program Fees

The cost of the Ashbrook Academy is $200, which includes all instructional materials and two elective credits in Political Science from Ashland University. Once accepted, participants must pay the $200 cost of the Academy by July 10 to maintain their position in the program.

Technical Requirements

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the 2020 Academies will be conducted online.  To participate, all attendees will need a steady internet connection, a webcam, and a mic.  All sessions will be conducted using WebEx, a video conferencing platform that is free for participants to use.

About the Ashbrook Academy in Political Economy

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The Ashbrook Academy in Political Economy is a summer program designed for rising high school juniors and seniors who share a deep interest in the relationship that exists between economics and good government.

We often discuss the Founding Fathers’ plan for government in America, but what plans did they make for America’s economic future? How were their economic plans related to the form of government they chose and vice versa? In this academy, we will explore these questions in light of two important works published in 1776: the Declaration of Independence and Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations.

The Academy meets for five days (July 20-24, 2020) immersing participants in a study of the biggest economic challenges that faced our young Republic through a discussion-based curriculum based on a deep analysis of primary sources. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this summer’s academy will be conducted in an online format.