Adult Students in Scholastic Transition

The Adult Students in Scholastic Transition (ASIST) is sponsored annually by EWI, a non-profit international association that has been a champion of education and community involvement since 1938. The ASIST award is a flexible scholarship program that addresses the needs of adults who are working to improve their situation in life through education. The ASIST program benefits students who, for a variety of reasons, are facing work/life challenges. The applicants are either single parents, individuals just entering the workforce or displaced workers.

How it Works

Local chapters of EWI work with educational providers and social service agencies to identify potential candidates. Selection criteria include financial need; socially, physically, and/or economically disadvantaged adults; displaced homemakers; and heads of households with small children. The applicants compete at the chapter level with the opportunity to advance to compete at the corporate level.

Facts

  • ASIST is a flexible scholarship program that addresses the needs of adults who are working to improve their situation in life through education. It benefits students who, for a variety of reasons, are facing work/life challenges.
  • Local Chapters of EWI partner with educational providers and social services agencies to identify potential ASIST candidates. Students first apply and compete at the local Chapter level. Chapter-level winners are submitted to the corporate level for the opportunity to be selected for one of seven scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $10,000.
  • The ASIST award is available for socially, physically and/or economically disadvantaged adults, displaced homemakers, and/or heads-of-household who are responsible for small children or disabled or elderly adults. This need-based award can be used for tuition or other education-related expenses.
  • EWI of Richmond generously supports the Corporate Program by providing up to TEN $2,000 Scholarship to successful candidates.
  • Last year local EWI chapters and Corporate ASIST scholarships awarded over $250,000 in educational scholarships.

2018 ASIST Scholarship Award Winners

Student Program College/Trade School
Sarah Belcher Nursing Reynolds Community College
Kivon Benedict Human Services Reynolds Community College
Sophie Ekwet Pre-Nursing Reynolds Community College
Sommer Harkins Nursing John Tyler Community College
Sheema Idris Science Virginia Commonwealth University
Taylor Jennings Nursing Reynolds Community College
Nia Long Human Services Reynolds Community College
Paulette McCain Social Science Reynolds Community College
Janeen McNeish Pre-Nursing Reynolds Community College

Submitting an Application

  • Must be within the EWI Richmond Boundaries (listed below)
  • Compete at the Chapter level for one of ten $2,000.00 scholarships
  • One selected student will go on to compete for one of the seven Corporate Level Scholarships of ranging from $2,000 to $10,000.
  • Generally awarded in July
  • Apply online for an ASIST Scholarship here APPLY HERE.  Using this link, you can create a new account to apply online for an ASIST scholarship.

The deadline for submission is March 22, 2019.
For more information contact Karen Huffman, ASIST Chair, email Karen Huffman or phone: 804-697-2765.

EWI Richmond Boundaries include: Cities of Richmond, Ashland, Williamsburg, Petersburg, Hopewell and Colonial Heights, and Counties of Amelia, Caroline, Charles City County, Chesterfield, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Louisa, New Kent, Powhatan and Prince George.

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