Eighteen Local High School Graduates to Receive $4000 Scholarships from Ashby Ponds Retirement Community

(ASHBURN, VIRGINIA) - At Ashby Ponds retirement community, there are nearly 100 high school students from Loudoun County, as well as Fairfax County, working for the community's dining services department.  The students work in a variety of capacities including as servers, restaurant assistants, utility workers, and service coaches.  This year, eighteen of those employees, all 2012 Loudoun County high school graduates, are recipients of $4000 scholarships. Eligibility for scholarships from Ashby Ponds includes working at least 1000 hours during a student's junior and senior years of high school, having no adverse disciplinary actions on record, having at least a "C" average, and completing all application materials.  The $4000 scholarships awarded to qualified candidates are paid directly to the college or trade school of the student's choice. The relationships that develop and grow between the student workers and the residents at the community are extremely meaningful, according to Jason Allred, a scholarship recipient and recent Stone Bridge High School graduate.  "It has become a joy and pleasure to get to know the residents on a more personal level," said Allred.  "They've become a second family of sorts, a home away from home." The Ashby Ponds Scholars Fund has been in place since 2010.  Funds for the scholarships were raised from several community events at Ashby Ponds including the 3rd Annual Duck Derby held in April.  Residents purchased rubber ducks for $5 each and watched as they raced through the community's indoor pool in return for prizes donated by local businesses and departments at Ashby Ponds.

On Sunday, July 22, the Ashby Ponds community will come together for a ceremony to celebrate the 2012 Ashby Ponds Scholars: WHEN: Sunday, July 22, 1:30 pm

WHERE:  Ashby Ponds retirement community 21170 Ashby Ponds Boulevard Ashburn, Virginia 20147

CONTACT:  If you'd like to cover or report on this event, please contact Jessica McKay, Public Affairs Manager, at 703-923-4690 orjessica.mckay@erickson.com.

2012 Ashby Ponds Scholars: Caroline Cash - Broad Run High School Briana Veney - Broad Run High School Christopher Payne - Broad Run High School Meredith Turner - Broad Run High School Louis Amaya - Broad Run High School Erin Kelly - Broad Run High School Rose Gonzalez - Dominion High School Allison Creel - Heritage High School Arash Ferdosian - Potomac Falls High School Katherine Guillen - Potomac Falls High School Griffen Dickerson - Potomac Falls High School Brittany Marroquin - Stone Bridge High School Catherine Huynh - Stone Bridge High School Fiona McDonald - Stone Bridge High School Casey Scully - Stone Bridge High School Peter Kenny - Stone Bridge High School Jason Allred - Stone Bridge High School Morgan Rushin -Tuscarora High School

Students who may be interested in employment at Ashby Ponds can apply online at www.ericksonliving.com/careers. About Ashby Ponds:  Ashby Ponds, one of 16 retirement communities managed by Erickson Living, is situated on a scenic 132-acre campus in Ashburn, Virginia (approximately 30 miles west of Washington, D.C.).  The community is home to 700 residents and is filled with fascinating people and fantastic opportunities.  With over 80 resident-run and resident-driven clubs and groups, an indoor pool, a fitness club, transportation services, 24-hour security, and flexible dining options, life at Ashby Ponds offers a true sense of community and is an exciting alternative to the typical retirement community.  More information about Ashby Ponds can be found at:www.ericksonliving.com.