My Ashford | Forbes School of Business & Technology Scholarships

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Every year, the Forbes School of Business & Technology™ awards Entrepreneurship and Senior Project Scholarships to select students in recognition of their accomplishments. Past recipients like Michael Barnes and Justen Jones applied the award toward tuition costs while growing businesses. The 2017 Forbes School of Business & Technology Scholarships recipients were no exception—they were grateful, excited, and looking forward to making strides toward their degrees. 

2017 Senior Project Scholarship Recipients

The Senior Project Scholarship award is $5,000, which can be split into two equal awards of $2,500 each and applied toward future tuition costs in any Forbes School of Business & Technology master’s degree program. Scholarship recipients Emily Jarvis and Daniel McCleskey share their experiences.

Emily Jarvis

Working toward a master’s degree is a dream come true for me.

Working toward a master’s degree is a dream come true for me. I would never have imagined that I would be here today. I have struggled with depression in my life, and I never thought I would have the grit to succeed. Obtaining such a degree seemed like it was so out of my reach that I just shoved the idea aside. Thanks to excellent mentorship and encouragement, I decided to take the plunge. Finally, I want to be a great example for my son to pursue his dreams.

Daniel McCleskey

I realized there was more I wanted to have, be, and do. I always felt an inner sense of importance, capability, and value (thanks, Mom and Dad!), but at some point I realized my responsibilities had weighed me down. As a kid, when I focused on a goal, worked together with my teammates, and practiced to develop my skill, I earned trophies and awards that confirmed my success and let me compete at higher levels. The more fun I had, the more I played, the better my results, the more I could do. As I grew up, the game got bigger. I joined the Air Force. The game got serious. I now play for my country, my wife of 22 years, and our two daughters. When I was “benched” with an injury as an adult in the military, the whole game plan suddenly had to change. I seized the opportunity to use my down time to go back to school. Playing in sports, on teams, gave me the insight I needed to realize where the game (life) went. So my new tryouts are in school application. The workouts are now mental exercises to improve my skills in class. The recognition for my efforts is now in letter grades. The more I do it, the better I get, and the more I am able to do, I compete for better jobs. Now, that’s fun! Maybe it’s not even a new game, but the same old game I’m playing as a whole new me. Thanks, Ashford University! 

2017 Entrepreneurship Scholarship Recipients

The Forbes School of Business & Technology offers $5,000 scholarships to students who exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit. The scholarship is open to prospective, current, and past students. Esi Colbert, Charmaine Hicks, Clay Manley, Edward Munoz, and Victor Triscas share their organizational visions and aspirations.

Esi Colbert, Esi Colbert LLC

A goal without a plan is just a wish. We endeavor to understand our customers' business, as to be able to offer comprehensive, business development solutions to their problems.

Charmaine Hicks, Garments of Praise

To offer affordable, quality liturgical dancewear in an assortment of sizes and styles to accommodate varying body styles and shapes.

Clay Manley, Nano LiquiTec

Over the last ten years combined, my wife, Julie, and I studied intensely and partnered with top global nanoscientists and chemists to collectively develop a first-of-its-kind breakthrough green technology called Nano LiquiTec™.

Edward Munoz, Solar Panels for America

To provide low- and middle-income families with access to solar panels. Not only should solar panels be affordable to all individuals, but we also aim to decrease our carbon footprint all around. 

Victor Triscas, VIP Auto Transport LLC

The transportation-related business service industry is one of the faster growing industries in America, and VIP Auto Transport offers experienced management and leadership to build a profitable company. The company provides nationwide car transportation services to corporations, companies, dealerships, and individual personnel. 

The diverse ideas and endeavors of our student body contribute to making Ashford University a great place to learn and pursue goals. Learn more about the Forbes School of Business & Technology Scholarships, and apply for the next round, and continue to be inspired by other students’ journeys.



Written by Kelsey Bober, Content Manager for Bridgepoint Education

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