Gary Keisling Access Scholarship Applications Now Available For 2018

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Up to 22 Scholarships Will Be Awarded to Ashworth College Online Degree Program, Career Program and High School Students.

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“Winning the ACCESS Scholarship took a huge load off of my shoulders!" -Hiedi Seekle, 2017 ACCESS Scholarship Recipient

Gary Keisling ACCESS Scholarship Program applications for 2018 are now available to incoming Ashworth College students. Scholarships will be awarded in two categories: degree program students and career program students.

Eligibility for the awards is based on a combination of academic performance and an essay submission. Applications must be received via electronic submission by March 1, 2018. Recipients will be announced April 2, 2018, and awards will be made April 18, 2018.

“Winning the ACCESS Scholarship took a huge load off of my shoulders,” said 2017 ACCESS Scholarship recipient Hiedi Seelke from Washington.

Seelke returned to college after more than a decade, earned a certificate of human resources from Ashworth College and secured part-time work in her field. The 2017 ACCESS Scholarship award boosted her journey toward finishing her associate degree. She will tackle her bachelor’s in the fall of 2018.

“Knowing how far I’ve come—and how far I’ll go—with my education makes me and my family proud,” Seelke said. “I hope by the time I graduate with my bachelor’s degree, I’ll have the funds to travel to Georgia to walk across the stage.”

“We’ve awarded 71 ACCESS Scholarships since we started the program in 2011,” said Ashworth College president Rob Klapper. “It’s an honor when we get to share our students' educational dreams in this way. I can't wait to award more scholarships this year to deserving students.”

For degree program students, the award is a single-semester, full-tuition scholarship open to first-time, current and transfer students of Ashworth College associate and bachelor's degree programs. To be eligible, new student applicants must have a 3.0 GPA (or better) on their high school transcripts. Current and transfer student applicants must have a 3.0 GPA (or better) on their college transcripts. For an application, please visit

For career program students, the award is a full-program scholarship open to first-time students of Ashworth College diploma and certificate programs. There is no requirement for the applicant's incoming GPA, but scholarship recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout their studies in order to retain their awards. For an application, please visit

For high school students, the award is a four-year, full-tuition scholarship open to incoming freshman or transfer students who enroll after Jan. 1, 2018. To be eligible, freshman applicants must have completed the 8th grade with a 3.0 GPA (or better). Transfer student applicants must have a 3.0 GPA (or better) on their high school transcripts. The scholarship is renewable upon entering each grade level based upon academic performance. For an application, please visit

For questions, contact ACCESS-DegreeAssociates(at)ashworthcollege(dot)edu or 1-800-224-7234.


The Gary Keisling Ashworth College Continuing Education for Student Success Scholarship Program was established in 2011 to honor Gary Keisling, former president and CEO of Ashworth College and James Madison High School. The late Keisling devoted his career to developing affordable and accessible educational programs for those who may have limited access to accredited educational opportunities.


Ashworth College is a nationally-accredited online institution that provides flexible and affordable education to students located around the world. Areas of study include more than 125 career-focused programs in the high-demand fields of healthcare, technology, business, creative services, education, legal studies and trades. Since its founding 30 years ago, more than 300,000 students have graduated from Ashworth College with diplomas, professional certificates, associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. In a 2016 survey by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, 95 percent of graduates said they were satisfied with their studies and would recommend Ashworth College to a friend. For more information, visit

Ashworth College is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

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