Ashland — Samuel Scharff, a 2016 graduate of Buckeye Valley High School, has been selected to be an Ashbrook Scholar, according to an announcement made by the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University.
The top-rated academic program, which focuses on U.S. government and history, includes a minimum $2,000 annual scholarship. Many Ashbrook Scholars receive additional financial assistance far in excess of that.
The Ashbrook Scholar program is an honors program for undergraduates studying political science or history at Ashland University. The program is administered by the Ashbrook Center, a university-affiliated nonprofit organization that provides rigorous educational programs for both college students and high school civics, government and U.S. history teachers.
“The Ashbrook Scholar program is a highly competitive program for top students interested in civic leadership,” said Roger Beckett, the Ashbrook Center’s Executive Director. “The application process is significantly more rigorous than the average college entrance process because we’re looking only for the most serious and motivated students.”
Ashbrook Scholars experience a learning environment far removed from a standard college education. While obtaining a traditional liberal arts education from the university, Ashbrook Scholars also engage in private conversations with distinguished visiting scholars and public figures, take part in seminars taught using the Socratic method, participate in internships tailored to their interests, and write, present, and defend a “Statesmanship Thesis.”
Students in the program study the great works of Western Civilization and read and discuss the works of the world’s greatest thinkers and the speeches and writings of America’s noblest statesmen.
All Ashbrook Scholars are awarded a minimum $2,000 annual scholarship, renewable each year based on merit. Several other named scholarships also have been established specifically for Ashbrook Scholars. On average, Ashbrook Scholars receive nearly $13,000 per year in scholarships.
Founded in 1983, the Ashbrook Center, an independent center at Ashland University, restores and strengthens the capacities of the American people for constitutional self-government through its educational programs for teachers, students and citizens.