July 12, 2012

Ashton B. Joseph Scholarship

Once upon a time there was a vibrant young man named Ashton Bernard Joseph. He had a tall athletic build, big brown eyes and an engaging smile. Ashton was distinguished by his love for music and sports. In the winter he could be found snowboarding at Apple Mountain or in a game of ice hockey at the Saginaw Bay Ice Arena. In the summer, you might have witnessed him skateboarding, or on a Sunday afternoon, playing paintball with his friends. His competitive spirit made him an asset to any team. Win or lose, he never lost his stride or his positive attitude.


Ashton was a popular student at Heritage High School. Ashton’s friends were multi-racial – he knew no boundaries when it came to people. He was the living representation of the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He accepted people based on the content of their character not the color of their skin.


Ashton loved life and lived it to the fullest. Whether he was playing drums or talking to his friends online, he gave it his best.


Allstate Insurance states that nearly 6,000 teenagers are killed annually in car crashes. Unfortunately, this fairytale turns into a nightmare. On April 20, 2006, Ashton’s well-lived life was cut short. In the spirit of Ashton, his family, who will always love and miss him, are pleased to endow this scholarship to be given annually to a graduating senior from Heritage High School who has distinguished him or herself as a supporter of racial unity and diversity through community and school involvement.



● Graduating senior from Heritage High School ● Full-time enrollment

Evaluation Criteria

Overall involvement in school, work and community activities (40); special essay (30); financial need (10); scholastic record (10); recommendations (10).


Special Attachment Required

Please refer to the online scholarship application for more information.