(Ashburn, Va.) - On Saturday, July 13, seven recent high school graduates from Loudoun County were honored with scholarships toward higher education from Ashby Ponds retirement community. The recipients, who work for the community's dining services department, will receive up to $4000 (or up to $500 per semester) in scholarships paid directly to the college or trade school of the student's choice. Funds for the scholarship program have been donated by residents and staff at the community.
At Ashby Ponds, there are nearly 100 high school and college students from Loudoun County and Fairfax County who work 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. The students may be eligible for scholarships from the community by satisfying a number of requirements, including:
- working at least 1000 hours during the junior and senior years of high school;
- having no adverse disciplinary actions on record;
- having at least a "C" average;
- completing all application materials.
The scholarship program at Ashby Ponds was initiated in 2010 and since then, forty students have received scholarships from the community. This year, funds for the scholarships were raised from several community events at Ashby Ponds including a Fashion Show and the annual Duck Derby held in April. Students who may be interested in employment at Ashby Ponds can apply online at www.ericksonliving.com/careers.
The 2013 Ashby Ponds scholarship recipients are:
Rickie Banister-Briar Woods High School
Sdenka Escobar-Broad Run High School
Krista Ferrara-Stone Bridge High School
Max Florence-Stone Bridge High School
Austin Jones- Broad Run High School
Nida Najeeb-Dominion High School
Symone Perkins-Park View High School
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 over 700 residents and has over 100 resident-run and resident-driven clubs and groups, an indoor pool, a fitness club, transportation services, 24-hour security, and flexible dining options. More information about Ashby Ponds can be found at www.ericksonliving.com.