Montoursville graduate named Ashbrook scholar

ASHLAND, OHIO — Benjamin Watts, a recent graduate of Montoursville Area 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 politics, history and economics, includes a minimum $2,000 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 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.

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.”

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.