Campus: IU South Bend
Scholarship Helps Student Leader
Ashley Schmitt is a busy senior at IU South Bend — full course load, a leader of IUSB’s Student Alumni Association, president of her sorority, and two part-time jobs. She has a lot of pressure on her time and finances.
So, when Ashley recently got word that she had received a scholarship through the IU Alumni Association, some of that pressure eased.
She has managed to work her way through college. When Ashley had the opportunity to study over overseas one summer in Paris and Lille, France, she did it. To pay for the expenses, she took out a small loan.
“I’ve always wanted to do something like this, especially through school,” Ashley says. “That was definitely an opportunity worth taking out a loan for.”
Earning the Charles and Jo Ann Linsmith Scholarship is going to help lighten the financial load. “This saves me from taking out more loans and takes off the pressure,” says Ashley, who already works part time at Pizza Hut and at an insurance agency.
Ashley, vice president of the SAA at IUSB, was eligible to apply for the Linsmith Scholarship because of her role as student leader. A business major studying accounting, she feels that although there are Business School scholarships, there are so many applicants to compete against.
She enjoys her involvement in SAA and has found ways to link the group’s philanthropic events with Theta Phi Alpha, her sorority. Last year, Ashley arranged for her sorority to participate in SAA’s Adopt A Family program and its toiletry drive for a local women’s shelter.
“You go above and beyond as a leader in SAA. Other scholarships don’t take this into consideration,” she explains. “If feels like the Linsmith looks at all aspects. I don’t feel a lot of scholarships do that.”