Published on: May 9th, 2024

Student Spotlight: Ethan Ashley, Graduate School of Government

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT | Meet Ethan Ashley, a legislative assistant at the U.S. Senate and a student at the Van Andel Graduate School of Government.

When asked about Hillsdale in D.C., Ethan said, “Hillsdale’s motto, ‘strength rejoices in the challenge,’ rings true at the Van Andel Graduate School of Government. Students here are given abundant opportunities to study the rich history and philosophies of the West with some of the brightest minds in Washington. I am grateful for Hillsdale’s structure that accommodates working professionals and provides students insight on how to pursue the good in the public sphere. Hillsdale’s rewarding education orients the mind to virtuous ends and helps develop students into statesmen.”

We’re so grateful for students like Ethan whose hard work and dedication leave a lasting imprint on the legacy of Hillsdale in D.C.

If you’re interested in applying to our graduate program, learn more at: Graduate School of Government, Program Overview.

About Hillsdale in D.C.

Hillsdale in D.C. is an extension of the teaching mission of Hillsdale College to Washington, D.C. Its purpose is to teach the Constitution and the principles that give it meaning. Through the study of original source documents from American history—and of older books that formed the education of America’s founders—it seeks to inspire students, teachers, citizens, and policymakers to return the America’s principles to their central place in the political life of the nation.

About Hillsdale College

Hillsdale College is an independent liberal arts college located in southern Michigan. Founded in 1844, the College has built a national reputation through its classical liberal arts core curriculum and its principled refusal to accept federal or state taxpayer subsidies, even indirectly in the form of student grants or loans. It also conducts an outreach effort promoting civil and religious liberty, including a free monthly speech digest, Imprimis, with a circulation of more than 5.7 million. For more information, visit