Ashland Business Association Awards scholarships to recent grads

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ABA scholarship committee members are pictured here with the winners (l to r): Adam Sachs, chair, Martha Fletcher, Anna Waisgerber, Brittany Krasner and Bill Gath. (Photo/Cynthia Whitty)
ABA scholarship committee members are pictured here with the winners (l to r): Adam Sachs, chair, Martha Fletcher, Anna Waisgerber, Brittany Krasner and Bill Gath. (Photo/Cynthia Whitty)

Ashland – The Ashland Business Association (ABA) awarded two scholarships at its August meeting to recent Ashland high school grads. Anna Waisgerber and Brittany Krasner each received a check for $1,500. Waisgerber will attend Boston College and plans to study International Relations. Krasner will attend Connecticut College and is interested in business, journalism and psychology.

Each year the ABA awards scholarships to high school seniors residing in Ashland who best demonstrate good work ethics, motivation, creativity and business/community interests. Scholarships are funded by contributions from businesses and individuals.

As a student, Waisgerber held a number of leadership positions. She was the National Honor Society president, Student Council rep, Student Peer Leader and a YMCA camp counselor. Her goal, she said in her application, is to “attend graduate school and then possibly work for the Peace Corps in Eastern Europe to provide aid to nations suffering after the fall of the Soviet Union.”

As part of her scholarship application, Waisgerber proposed a mentorship program, where businesses would learn social media skills from high school students and students would learn how to present themselves in a business environment. The ABA is now working with the schools to implement this program.

Krasner was active in the Ashland High School Theatrical Society, the American Humane Society’s Second Chance Fund for Animal Welfare, Girl Scouts of America and the Jewish Family Workshop, where she worked as a music teacher and a classroom aid for a student with autism.

Interested in developing curriculum for high school health and wellness, Krasner worked with the high school’s adjustment counselor to make a video on panic, anxiety, stress and depression. “If I had the opportunity to improve the quality of life in my community, I know just what I would do. I would help educate about anxiety disorders and depression,” she said.

The ABA scholarship committee is comprised of Adam Sachs, Chair (Centinel Financial Group), Bill Gath (Realty Executives Boston West), Leslie Marci (Ashland Education Foundation Inc.), M.R. Fletcher (Earthly Wealth Jewelry) and Claudette Rowe (Knowledge Points Learning Center).