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Local Student Awarded Post-Graduate Scholarship of $60,000
Ashley R. Orr Will Pursue a Doctorate with Scholarship Assistance
WASHINGTON, August 28, 2009 – The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans is proud to announce that Ashley R. Orr of Taylorsville, Kentucky, has been awarded the Dennis Washington Achievement Scholarship to assist in funding her post-graduate education. Ashley will receive a total of $60,000 from the scholarship program.
Ashley was eligible for this scholarship because she is a 2005 alumna of the Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program — an award given to high school seniors who overcame adversity and life challenges while excelling in academics and contributing to their communities. The Dennis Washington Achievement Scholarship is awarded to those who seek graduate and doctoral degrees and is made possible by a $10 million grant from chairman emeritus and Horatio Alger member Dennis R. Washington, and his wife, Phyllis.
At age 14, Ashley’s father was murdered, and this tragic experience inspired her to work with young people who are grieving. After graduating from the University of Kentucky at Lexington with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Ashley will pursue a doctorate of psychology at Spalding University with the help of the Dennis Washington Achievement Scholarship. Growing from her earlier experience, Ashley will complete her doctorate in 2013 and plans to work at a university teaching and counseling undergraduate students.
“The Horatio Alger Association has been there for the two times in my life when I had dreams of higher education, but didn’t know how I would reach them,” said Ashley R. Orr. “The association reached out and pulled me through, and it’s a wonderful feeling to have someone there for you like that.”
“Ashley sets an excellent example of lifelong learning and personal growth despite obstacles, and we are proud to support her in the next chapter of her academic career,” said David L. Sokol, president and CEO of the Horatio Alger Association. “The association is especially grateful for the many contributions of Dennis and Phyllis Washington and their dedication to offering students a brighter future through higher education.”
Washington, founder of the Washington Companies, has his own Horatio Alger story of inspiration and success. Overcoming childhood adversity and a bout with polio, Washington’s work ethic and unwavering motivation helped him to become vice president of the largest construction company in Montana by age 26, and he later created his own construction company, which would grow to be one of the largest in the nation.
“The greatest long-term benefit to society is realized by uplifting individuals, and providing this educational opportunity will help Ashley realize her dreams,” stated Dennis and Phyllis Washington.
Four other individuals were awarded the scholarship in 2009: Benny L. Cooper; Joshua Steven Eddy; David Mou; and Joel D. Stroot.
About the Horatio Alger Association:
Founded in 1947, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans continues to fulfill its mission of honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals in our society who have succeeded in spite of adversity and of encouraging young people to pursue their dreams through higher education. The Horatio Alger Association offers three annual scholarship programs: the National Scholarship Program, state scholarship programs, and graduate grants. The association awards nearly $7 million annually in college scholarships and has given more than $65 million to deserving students since 1984. The association is a 2008-2009 Combined Federal Campaign participant; # 77062. For more information, please visit www.horatioalger.org.