Ashley Scholarship

Pictured are the recipients of the Ashley Furniture Scholarship from the Ripley Facility.

ECRU – Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. (Ashley) and the Wanek family are recognizing students choosing to further their education by contributing over $285,000 in scholarships across the country. Twenty-seven students located near Ashley’s manufacturing and distribution facilities in Ecru, Ripley, and Verona  have been awarded a scholarship to put towards their college tuition this fall.

Each year, Ashley provides two separate scholarship opportunities for children of Ashley employees who are graduating high school. The ‘Ashley Grants-in-Aid Scholarship’ provides a $2,000, one-time scholarship to graduating high school students who are enrolled in an accredited college or university during the following fall semester. The ‘Wanek Engineering and Design Scholarship’ is a one-time, $3,333.33 scholarship provided to graduating high school students pursuing a secondary degree in an Engineering or Design field.

“As an employee of Ashley Furniture Industries, I sincerely appreciate that our owners are willing to invest in my daughter’s education. I consider it a privilege that Bria was selected to receive a scholarship,” said Rhonda Taylor, parent of Ashley Scholarship Recipient. “With the rising costs of college tuition, scholarships and grants are extremely beneficial to support a student’s educational goals.”

Twenty-six students, listed below, were each awarded a $2,000 Ashley Grants in Aid Scholarship.

Abeka Home School – Rheanna Kirby

Ashland High School – Terrica Williams

Baldwyn High School – Andress Barber

Falkner High School- Carly Jackson and Mallory Prather

Holly Springs High School – Angelica LeSure

Houston High School- Lakyn Adams

Houlka Attendance Center – Andrew Ash and Allaunah Tumblin

Ingomar Attendance Center- Lauren Wooley

Kossuth High School – Avery Mullins

Myrtle Attendance Center- Sara McDonald and Hunter Thompson

Nettleton High School- Toby Homan

North Pontotoc High School- Allison Farris, Marie Morris and Carlie Robinson

Pontotoc High School- Bria Taylor

Ripley High School- Callie Davis and Sara Jaimes Robinson

South Pontotoc High School- Alfonso Fernandez, Karina Sanchez-Granados and Shenandoah Staser

Starkville – Morgan Monroe

Tupelo High School- Anayia Clifton and Chloe Ingram

One student, listed below, was awarded a $3,333.33 Wanek Design and Engineering Scholarship. Joyce Wanek's lucky number is 3, which attributed to the amount of this scholarship.

Ingomar Attendance Center- Morgan Nance

To help offset the escalating costs of higher education, over 100 scholarships are awarded every year to children of Ashley Furniture employees. Throughout the years, Ashley and the Wanek family have provided millions of dollars towards education, in-kind services and more than 2,000 student scholarships.

“It’s an amazing blessing to work for a family-owned company that invests in a community’s future,” said Kevin Kirby, parent of Ashley Scholarship Recipient. “My daughter and I are so excited for the support and generosity of this company and the Wanek family. College is a big step in a child’s development and it is great to work for a company that truly understand that! Thanks Ashley Furniture!”


Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. (Ashley) feels that every person deserves more value for their money. Established in 1945, Ashley is the largest manufacturer of home furnishings in the world, and was recently named one of America’s Best Employers by Forbes in 2017. From design through fulfillment, Ashley is committed to delivering the world’s best home furnishing values, selection and service, and earning the loyalty and trust of its customers every day. Visit Ashley online at and “like” Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. on Facebook.

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