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ASHLAND – McKenna Perrigan, a recent graduate of Lexington High School, Elizabeth Harris, a recent graduate of Mansfield Christian School, and Bria Meisse, a 2019 graduate of Ontario High School, have been selected to be Ashbrook Scholars, according to an announcement made today by the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University. The top-rated academic program, which focuses on politics, history, and economics, includes an annual scholarship to attend Ashland University.

The Ashbrook Scholar Program is an honors program for undergraduates studying political science, history, or political economy at Ashland University. The program is administered by the Ashbrook Center, a university-affiliated nonprofit organization that provides rigorous educational programs for high school students, undergraduate 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 Jeffrey Sikkenga, 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.

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