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Senior Class President Believes She Owes All Of Her Success To UC's Faculty, Staff and Donors

Ashlee Carlisle

Ashlee Carlisle

Growing up, Ashlee Carlisle never imagined she’d be graduating from the University of Cincinnati.  But this June, Ashlee will be awarded her BA in Marketing and International Business from UC’s College of Business.  She also has been offered an incredible full-time position and has countless opportunities at her fingertips.  Now that she’s graduating, Ashlee is utterly convinced that she was “destined to be a Bearcat,” and describes her experience at UC as “an unbelievable blessing.” 

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ashlee always longed to go to away to college.  “I always had this hunger to travel and explore,” she says.   During her time at Princeton High School, she excelled academically, and also in volleyball, basketball and track.  She dreamt one day she would be recruited by an out-of-state school.   But all of these dreams were shattered her senior year when she tore her ACL, and could no longer participate in the sports she so enjoyed.  That same year, Ashlee’s mother was diagnosed with leukemia, and was not in a position to help pay for Ashlee's college tuition.  “I was very discouraged at that time. . . . I just knew then that going away to school wouldn’t be possible.”  So, Ashlee applied to the University of Cincinnati.

To her surprise, Ashlee was quickly offered a full scholarship to come to UC.  Right about the same time Ashlee received wonderful news; she found out that her mom had actually been misdiagnosed . . . that she did not have leukemia after all!  “And that was right before I started school, so I was ecstatic,” she says, “I knew it was God’s plan for me to be here at UC and be successful here.  My attitude totally changed.” 

As a Turner Scholar, Kolodzik Business Scholar, and the recipient of numerous other scholarships, Ashlee hasn’t had to take out a single loan, or buy a single book.  And thanks to her mother and some additional grant and scholarship money, Ashlee hasn’t had to work while in college either.
 “(Applying to UC) was the best decision I ever made,” Ashlee says, “I immediately got really involved, and found my passion and drive both inside and outside the classroom.  I got involved with the Career Development Center, have completed four internships, including one with Procter and Gamble, and now I’m the president of ADVANCE!”  ADVANCE is a minority professional development organization founded by African American students at UC.  Ashlee has also traveled to four different countries through UC, is the Senior Cl 500 Could not find script copyright.jsp

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