Going the distance

A scholarship helps a single mother be a full-time professional and a full-time student

For many students, the financial stress of having to pay for school weighs heavily. For students like Ashley Walther, a single mom and K-State Global Campus student, that stress is even greater. The Maes-Hemmendinger Family Scholarship helped relieve some of that stress for Walther.

K-State’s Global Campus was built to provide educational opportunities for adult learners. It offers degree programs in multiple areas for people who cannot make it to campus every day. Students like Ashley benefit from this accredited online learning opportunity because of the flexibility it provides them.

“Global Campus has allowed me to schedule school when I can. The flexibility of the program has allowed me to continue my education full time and keep balance in my life,” Walther said.

Walther, who lives in Yelm, Washington, is currently double majoring in nutrition and health, and dietetics, while also working full time as a head dietetic technician at an eating disorder facility. By enrolling at K-State Global Campus, she is able to work and gain vital experience for her professional growth.

Walther’s daily schedule is hectic at times, not only with being a full-time student, but also having a full-time job and a daughter in preschool. She begins each day at 5:30 a.m. with her online classes through K-State Global Campus. She watches her lectures, takes notes and does homework. After dropping her daughter off at day care, it is an hour drive to her job as a dietetic technician where she works until 7 p.m. most days.

The most important part of her day is spending quality time with her daughter when she gets home from work. After putting her daughter to bed, it is back to working on school, where at night she finishes her homework and takes any exams she can for the week.

Walther said finishing her degree and getting her career started would not be possible without the help of scholarships and K-State’s Global Campus. “Global Campus has afforded me the financial ability to attend school without having to take out costly loans and relieved much of the stress that comes from having to allocate funds to put toward my tuition while juggling being a single mother,” she said.

The Maes-Hemmendinger Scholarship is available to both undergraduate and graduate students admitted to a distance education degree program offered through K-State Global Campus. The scholarship was established by Sue Maes, retired dean of K-State Global Campus. She and her husband, Dennis Hemmendinger, are happy they can help students further their education through distance learning. Walther appreciates the support.

“Global campus is a great opportunity for working single mothers and anyone who wants to further their education,” Walther said. “Don’t let the belief that there is not enough time in the day among all your other responsibilities hold you back.”

Ashley Walther

To support K-State Global Campus, contact Heather Strafuss at heathers@ksufoundation.org or 785-775-2146, or give online here.

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