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Campus News

November 25, 2019

Endowment continues to shed light on Ashby's legacy, value of an education

Kalie Hostutler Ashby Academic Achievement Fund expands


Kalie Hostutler Ashby

Committee members of the Kalie Hostutler Ashby Academic Achievement Fund, established by the employees of Garrett College to honor the late Kalie Hostutler Ashby and the value she placed on education, recently announced expansion of the fund, held and administered through the Garrett College Foundation.

Traditionally the Fund has provided textbook scholarships; as a result of the Fund's expansion, an academic support grant will soon become available.

To honor Kalie's love for learning, the Kalie Hostutler Ashby Academic Achievement Fund provides textbook scholarships to students who attended Ashby's alma mater, Southern Garrett High School, and were part of the College's dual enrollment program.

To further pay tribute to Ashby's commitment to her local community, the textbook scholarship component recently expanded - to include another textbook scholarship supporting a student who previously attended Crellin Elementary School, in which Ashby also attended.

"The expansion of the Kalie Hostutler Ashby endowment is a welcome support to former Crellin Elementary School students who plan to pursue higher education at Garrett College," noted Dana McCauley, principal at Crellin Elementary School. "Kalie valued all levels of education. These funds for textbooks will continue her legacy in the community."

Continuing to align with the mission of the Fund in providing academic and programming support for high-achieving Garrett College students, the committee has announced that a second component of the fund, an academic support grant, is forthcoming.

According to Kim DeGiovanni, Fund Chair and employee of Garrett College, "The academic support grant will provide financial support to college initiatives that promote more rigorous levels of academic achievement and form connections for high-achieving Garrett College students. We envision building opportunities for students who seek a robust, well-rounded educational experience, just as Kalie did.

The grant will be available to assist the college with upper-level curriculum development, student civic engagement programs, leadership development opportunities, academic enrichment programs, and more."

A vocal advocate for the high school dual enrollment program with the College, Ashby encouraged local students to make the most of the opportunities available to them. She earned 30 college credits while still in high school and had completed her associate degree at Garrett College as well as her baccalaureate degree and Master of Business Administration degree all within four years of her high school graduation.

Ashby served as the College's assistant director of institutional research and planning before her untimely death in a car accident, and was honored posthumously with the Garrett College Distinguished Alumni Award in 2018.

For more information on making a gift to the Kalie Hostutler Ashby Academic Achievement Fund, contact the Garrett College Foundation at 301-387-3100. All gifts made through the Foundation are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.