ASHLAND, OH — Nathaniel Kleven, a recent graduate of Pella High School, has been selected to be an Ashbrook Scholar, according to an announcement made on Aug. 6 by the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University.
The top-rated academic program, which focuses on politics, history and economics, includes a minimum $2,000 annual scholarship to attend the university.
The Ashbrook Scholar Program is an honors program for undergraduates studying political science, history or political economy at the university. The program is administered by the Ashbrook Center, a 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 Jeff Sikkenga, the Ashbrook Center’s Interim 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."
Scholars experience a learning environment far removed from a standard college education. While obtaining a traditional liberal arts education from the university, 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 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 these scholars.