The Eddie Ashley College Scholarship

Purpose

Faith Network Gala 2018 with four of our five Eddie Ashley Scholarship Recipients. Front Row: Nathan Talavera, Albert Mitchell, and Garyon’tae Smith Back Row: Jim Wambach, Jesus & Melissa Arciniega, Amber Johnson, and Doris & Todd Ahlsten

Faith Network Gala 2018 with four of our five Eddie Ashley Scholarship Recipients. Front Row: Nathan Talavera, Albert Mitchell, and Garyon’tae Smith
Back Row: Jim Wambach, Jesus & Melissa Arciniega, Amber Johnson, and Doris & Todd Ahlsten

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

  • Internships

  • Community service

  • Grade and attendance monitoring

 

 


Awards

J’Mya, Eddie Ashley, Doris Ahlsten, Gracie and Quaylin at the Faith Network Gala 2017

J’Mya, Eddie Ashley, Doris Ahlsten, Gracie and Quaylin at the Faith Network Gala 2017

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.


Selection Criteria

Margena Wade Green presents the 2016 Scholarships to our three outstanding scholars

Margena Wade Green presents the 2016 Scholarships to our three outstanding scholars

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.