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Meet Scholarship Winner Daisy Ash

Oct 06, 2022

Twenty-nine-year-old First Generation college student Daisy Ash has been awarded a University Without Walls scholarship. Hailing from New Orleans, Daisy is working hard to finish her bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in business and marketing. She is currently self-employed as a life coach and professional organizer.

Every adult student has a story. What's your story?

I am the first in my family to attend college. I have overcome many obstacles along the way to get here. I continue to attend school and persevere to create a better life for myself and to be to apply what I have learned to serving in my work.

What does winning this scholarship mean to you?

It will allow me to attend college with less financial burden and debt. This is a huge help!

What is the best part about being a UWW Interdisciplinary Studies student?

The flexibility to attend school online and to be able to choose my area of concentration.

How do you balance work, school, and other responsibilities?

Keeping a schedule for school, work and other activities has been key to managing my time. I regularly make choices of what's most important to me. I plan to spend time with friends or family in the evenings and weekends. Currently, I am self-employed, which allows me to set my own schedule and work it around school and other responsibilities.

What are your plans for the futureprofessionally and personally?

I plan to continue to lead coaching classes and eventually retreats. I would also like to continue to travel as much as possible, as I believe that travel has provided some of the best educational experiences I have had. Down the road, I would like to help create a community space for personal classes, workshops, skill share, and retreats.


*The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the person being featured and do not necessarily reflect those of the University.