This year 18 students and teachers received assistance. The Ashley Foundation was blessed with many donations that helped make this possible. Awards were given to purchase a violin, buy cello strings and attend music camps all over the US. The Foundation was happy to assist a whole family attend a Suzuki Institute in VA. Mom & Dad, string teachers, took teacher training classes and their violinist son attended the same camp as a student.
Fourteen applicants received scholarships this year. Two teachers were included in this number. One received 4 donated violins to begin an after-school program at a home for girls. The other was able to purchase music and supplies for his elementary string students. Once again, many students were able to attend music camps. This included two students who received assistance to attend camps in the
United Kingdom and Italy.
Once again, thanks to generous donors, the Ashley Foundation was able to award 12 scholarships in 2016. Students attended music camps in FL, VA, GA, ME, NY and even Italy. One Florida string teacher was able to take a training class at the Suzuki Institute in St. Petersburg. The Foundation is always thrilled to assist teachers with their training. Helping one teacher benefits a huge number of students!
Six students applied for financial assistance in 2015 and the Ashley Foundation was happy to help them realize their dreams. Two young cellists received assistance. One was able to purchase an instrument and one was able to have their instrument repaired. Camps in SC, VA and CO were attended by Ashley Foundation scholarship recipients.
This year 21 students and teachers were granted scholarships. One teacher was able to travel to Ontario, Canada, to receive training in Suzuki Early Childhood Education.
Eight students from Florida received violin lessons through their Youth Orchestra. Students received awards to attend camps/take lessons in FL, IN, SC, SD, NC, VA and NY.
On December 13, 2014, Charlie Willwerth, Ashley’s dad, passed away after a long battle with Acute Myelocytic Leukemia. He was diagnosed in 2011, had many rounds of chemo and a bone marrow transplant. Charlie fought the good fight and gave his all. The Ashley Foundation will continue awarding scholarships in Ashley’s memory as well as Charlie’s.
In 2013, The Ashley Foundation met the needs of scholarship applicants and teachers as well. Thanks to all who have helped us meet these needs.
2012 was a difficult year for the Foundation. The economy hurt with fewer donations and the need for our assistance was higher for the same reason!... We did manage to help all that applied and met the qualifications in some manner. A special thanks to Gainesville Violins and their assistance with instrument donations through the year!
In 2011, The Ashley Foundation was again able to meet the needs of scholarship applicants. Through the support of faithful Foundation supporters, The Ashley Foundation provided 23 applicants with assistance. Thanks to all who have helped us meet these needs.
The Ashley Foundation has proven, once again, to be a blessed organization with nearly 100% of all donations being used for scholarships. We had 29 qualified applicants this season and provided scholarship assistance for every one!
Since 2005, we have provided 118 scholarships to students in 14 states who attended schools and camps in 18 states and even Canada! This couldn't have been done without your generosity. Every one of us wants to express our thanks for your support.
The biggest year yet for the Ashley Foundation! Scholarship applications by mid summer were more than the total for all of 2007 and 2008 combined. Fortunately, corporate sponsorship stepped up and helped us in a huge way. Thank you, each and every one for your help.
In 2008, the Ashley Foundation awarded 20 scholarships. Still supported by volunteer work and donations from friends and businesses, the Foundation was able to award support to every qualified applicant. We were honored to provide the scholarship assistance to these recipients.
In 2007, the Ashley Foundation awarded 13 scholarships. Still supported by volunteer work and donations from friends and businesses, the Foundation was able to award support to every qualified applicant. We were honored to provide the scholarship assistance to these recipients. Through this year and the previous two years, The Ashley Foundation has become known as a true leader in assisting students and teachers in assisting with their growth in knowledge and musical talent. Our sincere thanks go to everyone that has helped both financially and with hard work to make this possible.
In 2006, the Ashley Foundation awarded 16 scholarships. Still supported by volunteer work and donations from friends and businesses, the Foundation was able to award support to every qualified applicant. We were honored to provide the scholarship assistance to these recipients.
2005 was the first year The Ashley Foundation awarded scholarships. During the time from Ashley's death in October of 2004 until early 2005, Ashley's friends and family built and incorporated the foundation. All work and donations were placed directly into the organization to provide scholarships in the spring. The board of directors awarded the first scholarship in March of 2005 to a visually impaired student from the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in Saint Augustine, Florida, just 6 months after Ashley went home to Heaven.