At the Pacific Northwest Awards Dinner held on Thursday, September 12 in Seattle, Washington, we were joined by one of our Coast Guard Foundation scholars, Ashley Carter, as well as her parents, John and Heidi Carter.
Ashley is from nearby Marysville, Washington, and she attends Western Washington University where she is pursuing a degree in social work. Her father, John, is a Food Specialist 1st Class. He is currently assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter Healy, which is homeported in Seattle. He's been in the Coast Guard since August 1991.
Coast Guard Foundation scholar, Ashley Carter, being interviewed by Pacific Northwest Awards Dinner MC, Brad Goode.
Ashley was on her high school's dive and track teams, as well as a recreational soccer team. She held office in the DJ and Hiking Clubs. She is active in her church, and used to volunteer at the local library. When her father was on deployment, she helped out her step-mom with the care of her younger brother. After college, she hopes to pursue a career in social work, so she can help people in difficult situations.
From the stage, Ashley spoke of how her scholarship helped her focus on her studies, and saved her from having to get a job while being enrolled in school. She said that thanks to the Coast Guard Foundation scholarship she’s on track to graduate a year early.
In her scholarship application, Ashley wrote: "I want to get a Masters in Social Work so I can do right by the ones who need help. I know one of the challenges in any social working environment is I can't always help everyone who needs it. I'm willing to face that because there are some I can help. It will be emotionally draining, but it's worth all of the down-sides for the one child's life I change."
We are honored to have Ashley and her parents join us at the Seattle dinner. She represents the quality of character of the fine individuals the Coast Guard Foundation helps every day.
Over the past 20 years, the Foundation's scholarship program has paid out more than $2.8 million helping 350 people achieve their college aspirations.
The Foundation's commitment to educational assistance to the men and women of the Coast Guard and their dependents has grown immensely over the course of its history, and is now one of our primary areas of support, and we hope to expand these endowments for the benefit of additional worthy candidates going forward.
Thanks to the hard work of many people, the Coast Guard Foundation raised $550,000 for scholarships in 2013 alone.