Junior Ashley Vu is a recipient of the Phil and June Lighty Leadership Scholarship among many others. Never one to shy away from hard work, Ashley is pursuing a double major in pre-medicine and mechanical engineering. Add in her strokes for women’s lightweight crew and her service across campus as a tutor, including in the Honors College, and this undergraduate’s significant impact on the WSU community is clear.

A particularly meaningful WSU experience?
Ashley counts her role as an alumni relations student intern among her most rewarding college experiences to date. “I get to meet alumni who give back to WSU and our students,” she says. “I’m inspired every day to give back and to show incoming freshmen how amazing the WSU community really is.”

How have scholarships helped you?
“I’m from Northern California and I knew from afar that WSU is an excellent university. But I also knew coming here would be expensive for my family. The scholarships I was offered helped me decide to attend WSU; especially the Lighty Scholarship. As far as I’m concerned, the Lighty family brought me to WSU.”

In the future…
Ashley hopes to be contributing to her community as an ophthalmologist, and to the WSU community as an active member of the Alumni Association, volunteer, and donor.

To WSU’s generous scholarship donors:
“Thank you for your faith in me and for your willingness to invest in my future without even knowing who I am. With your support, I know I have what it takes to be successful.”