Every student has a different dream. Some wish to stay local for college while some wish to go away. For many, college is the first of many journeys, near and far, and the Foundations of East Chicago (FEC) is proud to be a part of all of them.


Ashley King, a graduate of East Chicago Central High School, received the FEC scholarship in 2004. This scholarship helped her to be able to afford her college education at Purdue University, which helped to shape the person she has become.


“After college, my plan was to teach in an urban school setting,” said Ashley. “Such was my goal because I wanted to give other students the opportunity I had, which was to receive a high-quality education.”


Once she received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and her Master’s in Mathematics Education, Ashley moved to Atlanta, where she taught for four years. She then travelled to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates where she taught sixth grade math. Currently, Ashley resides in New York City where she works as a third grade teacher.


“It’s very beneficial to exhaust every opportunity you’re given to achieve your goals in life,” she said. “Just remember the motto: ‘Work hard. Go to college. Change the world.’”


Ashley credits her time at East Chicago Central, her family and the FEC scholarship program with providing her with the foundation for success in life.


I excelled because of my high school experience. I had excellent teachers at Central who genuinely cared and implemented quality instruction.”


To learn about more scholarship recipients like Ashley, visit foundationsec.org.