The Eddie Ashley College Scholarship
The Eddie Ashley College Scholarship Program provides educational assistance, mentoring and scholarships for socioeconomically disadvantaged but promising students for the pursuit of post-high-school education. The Scholarship Program is not just about providing financial aid, but about enriching the lives of the recipients with a wide spectrum of support such as:
Mentoring/coaching in areas of the student’s educational/vocational interests
Books, supplies, and equipment
Grade and attendance monitoring
Up to five (5) scholarship recipients will be chosen to receive a one-time $5000 scholarship. Recipients must begin post-high-school education within one year of high school graduation. The recipient will receive the first scholarship check after their first semester of post-high-school education. They will need to submit a transcript of their semester/quarter grades and proof of enrollment. Funds may be distributed directly to vendors on a case-by-case basis.
Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of potential for success and financial need. Factors considered in the selection process include, but are not limited to the following:
Current enrollment in high school, graduating this academic year
Participation of at least 2 years in Faith Network’s CareerBridge Program
Commitment to achieving personal, educational and vocational goals
Commitment to the community and quality involvement with others, i.e., school, work, family, community, church, etc.
Ability to overcome obstacles to achieve academic and personal goals
Educational motivation and performance documented by high school transcript and teacher/adult recommendations (Minimum 2.7 Cumulative GPA)
Documented financial need
Participation in school leadership and extracurricular activities
Current participation in CareerBridge mentoring program
Who is Eddie Ashley?
Eddie Ashley was Doris Ahlsten's student for 2 years at Oakland Technical High School. At a young age, Eddie and his younger twin sisters lost their mother to lupus and kidney failure. Consequently, he and his sisters moved from relative to relative, and eventually, he was separated from his sisters. During this time, Eddie never complained or made excuses. He always showed up to the classroom at least half an hour before school started, quietly working on his homework. He was diligent, respectful, and incredibly hardworking. When Doris stopped teaching in 2010, she never forgot the impression that her students, especially Eddie Ashley, made on her.