Ashby Ponds recently announced its 12-member Student Scholars Class of 2018. The employees of the retirement community’s Dining Services Department earned four-year collegiate scholarships in the amount of $5,000.
More than $109,500 was raised during the 2018 campaign, funded primarily through resident contributions, according to Elisabeth Longworth, philanthropy manager for the Erickson Living retirement community. In combination with the classes from the previous three years, the community is supporting 49 collegiate scholarships this fall.
“The Class of 2018 set a high bar for future recipients,” stated Longworth. “They attend seven different high schools in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties and will enroll in a wide variety of colleges in Virginia and the mid-Atlantic. They were enthusiastic about the scholarship process and demonstrated their appreciation for the heartfelt generosity of the residents they serve.”
A resident-comprised Philanthropy Committee provided guidance and support during the fundraising campaign earlier this year. The highlight of the effort was a variety show held on April 27 that showcased the talents of this year’s scholars. In front of a full audience in the community’s Great Oaks Performing Arts Theater, the students sang, danced, recited poetry and played musical instruments.
To be eligible for a scholarship, dining services students must work more than 1,000 hours in their junior and senior years, submit an application and essay, receive recommendations from a manager and an outside source (non-family member or non-affiliation with Ashby Ponds) and participate in a community event such as the variety show.
For more information about the scholarship program and employment benefits with Ashby Ponds, such as tuition reimbursement, call 703-723-1999 or go to jobs.ericksonliving.com.