RCADIA, Wisc. - Ashley Furniture Inds. and the Wanek family are contributing more than $285,000 in scholarships for students looking to further their education.
The company recently awarded this funding to more than 125 students located near Ashley facilities to put toward their college tuition in the fall.
The scholarships are part of Ashley’s ongoing commitment toward education. Each year the company provides two separate scholarship opportunities for children of Ashley employees who are graduating high school.
This includes the Ashley Grants-in-Aid Scholarship that provides a $2,000 one-time scholarship to graduating high school students enrolled in an accredited college or university the following fall semester. The Wanek Engineering and Design Scholarship is a one-time $3,333.33 scholarship provided to graduates pursuing a secondary degree in engineering or design-related fields.
“I feel incredibly grateful to work for a company that gives back to our community in so many ways,” said Megan Huber, parent of an Ashley scholarship recipient. “We were very excited and proud to hear that our son was chosen to receive one of Ashley’s scholarships. Continuing education is very important to us and along with that comes high costs; not only will this gift help him pay for college, it also provided a lesson in giving back.”
Throughout the years, Ashley and the Wanek family have provided millions of dollars toward education, in-kind services and more than 2,000 scholarships.
“Ashley’s scholarship program has provided money to go toward three of my children’s education,” said Cal Everson, parent of Ashley scholarship recipients. “My entire family is very grateful for Ashley’s continued investment into education and the youth that receive the assistance. I take pride in working for a company that takes interest in and invests in educating our future leaders. Ashley understands the need of the students, the need within the workforce and are willing to assist. How can that not make you feel good about being a part of the Ashley family?”