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 or less
  • 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”.



Aarthi Bharathan

The ART of Driving is happy to announce that our 2024 Ashley Renee Thompson Memorial Scholarship recipient is Aarthi Bharathan from Herndon, VA.

She is a graduate of Herndon High School and will be attending the College of William & Mary in the Fall.

Aarthi plans to pursue a research track in biology and study genomics and genetic technologies.

She hopes to continue her passion for music through cappella and fusion groups.