The Ashley R. Thompson Memorial Scholarship

The Ashley R. Thompson Memorial Fund was established on June 12th, 2003.

Through the generosity of friends and the community at large, this fund has supported the Ashley Renee Thompson Scholarship.

The first scholarship was awarded on June 14th, 2004.


Academic excellence, athleticism, and community involvement were all priorities for Ashley.

This scholarship will assist students who capture Ashley’s spirit, enthusiasm, and love of life begin their college careers.

Each year a deserving graduating senior is chosen to receive this scholarship.
The scholarship is open to all Fairfax County, Alexandria City, Falls Church and Arlington County Public Schools (Virginia) seniors.

The application process includes:

  • a 500 word essay
  • letters of recommendation
  • high school transcript
  • record of community/school service
  • a 60 second video or less you produce to empower and motivate your peers to "Survive the 5" leading causes of teen vehicle crashes


Numerous applications are received each year and the decision is always a difficult one.
The trustees of the Ashley Renee Memorial Foundation take this decision and process very seriously.
We are pleased to be able to present this scholarship each year in honor of Ashley's accomplishments and memory.
It is our way of continuing her positive outlook on life.

Ashley was an honor student, taking AP and honor classes.
She was a lover of the Latin language and was already taking Latin IV as a sophomore.
Ashley had been involved in gymnastics since the age of four and was a competitive gymnast.
She trained at Capital Gymnastics National Training Center over 30 hours a week.
She was also a member of the Lake Braddock High School woman’s gymnastics team.

Ashley’s positive attitude and spirit touched all who met her.
Her drive to always do her best despite any obstacle was her trademark.
Her unstoppable work ethic was well known and inspired all who knew her.
She is loved and missed by many.
Her friends have stated that “the halls of Lake Braddock lit up when Ashley walked by”.
Her unforgettable laugh and radiant smile is remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing her.
It was said that, “Ashley had so many friends because she was a friend to so many”.



We are pleased to announce the 2020 Ashley Renee Thompson Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Benjamin Leese from South County High School in Lorton, VA.

Benjamin was selected from a large applicant pool of very talented and amazing high school seniors.

Benjamin's video on how to encourage his peers to be safer drivers and smarter passengers was very unique in that he did all the art work you see in the video!

Ben's amazing accomplishes, stellar work ethic, academic accomplishes and community service made him the perfect choice to receive Ashley's scholarship!

We would like to mention just a few.
Ben was awarded Fairfax County Human Rights and Equity Program Art Contest, he attended the elite Governor's School Leadership Program for Visual Arts and received the Foreign Service Youth Foundation award in Art.

The foundation wishes Ben all the best as he sets off to Bowling Green State University this fall .