Eligibility, Cost, and Accommodations


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

College Credit

Participants in this Academy will receive one elective credit in Political Science from Ashland University for successfully completing the requirements of the Academy. This credit can be used toward an undergraduate degree at Ashland or could be transferred to another institution.

Program Fees

The cost of this Academy is $500, which includes all instructional materials, room and board (including all meals), transportation to and from a local airport (if necessary), one elective credit in Political Science from Ashland University, and all daily activities. Students will not be reimbursed for mileage to and from the Academy or for airfare. Once accepted, participants must pay a $100 deposit by July 1 to maintain their position in the program.


All participants will stay in air-conditioned double-occupancy dormitories on the campus of Ashland University during the Academy. AU’s award-winning student dining services will provide all meals.

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) at the Ashbrook Center on the campus of Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio 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.