Scholarship Stories: Asia M.

Asia and her three sisters were raised by their grandmother.

An incredibly hard worker who loves her family, Asia’s grandmother takes good care of the girls but her financial means are limited.

Which means college had always seemed out of reach for Asia – a strong student who inherited her grandmother’s work ethic and graduated early from East Ridge High School last year.

Asia first heard about the Community Foundation’s scholarship program through a security officer at Food City. It didn’t take her long to contact the Foundation.

“When I met Asia, I immediately tried to get her enrolled in a college class following her December graduation,” says Rebecca Suttles. “Unfortunately, we were too late for that, but we moved forward with the Together We Can scholarship application.”

Asia earned a scholarship and was accepted into MTSU. Rebecca worked with her to select her coursework and set goals that were both challenging and achievable.

“The transition from high school to college is never easy, but once we had Asia’s schedule in place, her performance was phenomenal,” Rebecca says. “Asia told me that this was her gift to her grandmother: that she would use what she had been given to make her family proud. The Together We Can scholarship has helped her to do just that.”