Rebeccah Heinrichs is a 2004 graduate of Ashland University and the Ashbrook Scholar Program. She has gone on to receive a master of arts degree in national security and strategic policy from the U.S. Naval War College. She is a visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation where she specializes in nuclear deterrence, missile defense, and arms control policy. She is also an independent consultant on national security matters.
WHAT WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU LEARNED IN THE ASHBROOK SCHOLAR PROGRAM?
I learned that there is a critical difference between liberty and licentiousness and that what makes a great citizen is that we pursue liberty and happiness properly understood. We understand what that means by understanding the great documents. By reading these texts, by discussing them in class, by engaging with my professors about them, by writing papers, I didn’t just learn about the words that the Founders had to say or the wisdom that they shared, I also learned to think critically.
HOW HAS BEING IN THE ASHBROOK SCHOLAR PROGRAM ADVANCED YOUR CAREER?
The Ashbrook Scholar Program, especially in my line of work here in Washington, DC, is very well known. It turns as many heads as having gone to an Ivy League school would have. I had a tremendous amount of support from the Ashbrook Center through several internships that helped me come to Washington. I really could not have done it without them. Between the financial support that they were able to provide me and through their professional connections, they really helped put me in the place where I am today as a national security consultant who advises on strategic policy, nuclear deterrence, and missile defense. All of it began with the Ashbrook Scholar Program and an internship they arranged for me.