From Home Furnishing Business
Ashley Contributes More Than $285,000 in Scholarships
2018 by Jason Schneider in Business Strategy, Community / Charitable Support, Industry
Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. and the Wanek family are recognizing students choosing to further their education by contributing more than $285,000 in scholarships across the country.
More than 125 students located near Ashley facilities have been awarded a scholarship to put toward their college tuition this fall.
“I feel incredibly grateful to work for a company that gives back to our community in so many ways. We were very excited and proud to hear that our son was chosen to receive one of Ashley’s scholarships,” said Megan Huber, parent of an Ashley scholarship recipient. “Continuing education is very important to us and along with that comes high costs; not only will this gift help him pay for college, it also provided a lesson in giving back.”
Each year, Ashley provides two separate scholarship opportunities for children of Ashley employees who are graduating high school. The Ashley Grants-in-Aid Scholarship provides a $2,000, one-time scholarship to graduating high school students who are enrolled in an accredited college or university during the following fall semester.
The Wanek Engineering and Design Scholarship is a one-time, $3,333.33 scholarship provided to graduating high school students pursuing a secondary degree in an engineering or design field.
To help offset the escalating costs of higher education, more than 100 scholarships are awarded every year to children of Ashley Furniture employees.
“Ashley’s Scholarship Program has provided money to go towards three of my children’s education. My entire family is very grateful for Ashley’s continued investment into education and the youth that receive the assistance,” said Cal Everson, parent of an Ashley scholarship recipient. “I take pride in working for a company that takes interest in and invests in educating our future leaders. Ashley understands the need of the students, the need within the workforce, and are willing to assist. How can that not make you feel good about being a part of the Ashley family.”