Single mom supported by Global Campus scholarships

Single mother Ashley Walther, finds time to not only work full time but be a full-time student through K-State Global Campus

By Mary Hirtreiter

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“Global Campus has afforded me the financial ability to attend school without having to take out costly loans and relieved much of the stress that comes from having to allocate funds to put toward my tuition while juggling being a single mother.” — Ashley Walther


For most students, the financial stress of having to pay for school weighs heavily. For students like Ashley Walther, a single mom and K-State Global Campus student, that stress is even greater. With the help of the Maes-Hemmendinger Family Scholarship Ashley received, some of her stress to pay for school is alleviated.

K-State’s Global Campus was built to provide educational opportunities for adult learners. It offers degree programs in multiple areas for people who cannot make it to campus every day. Students like Ashley benefit from this accredited online learning opportunity because of the flexibility it provides them.

“Global Campus has allowed me to schedule school when I can. The flexibility of the program has allowed me to continue my education full time and keep balance in my life,” Ashley said.

Ashley is currently double majoring in nutrition and health, and dietetics, while also working full time as a head dietetic technician at an eating disorder facility. By enrolling at K-State Global Campus, she is able to work and gain vital experience for her future career.

Ashley’s daily schedule can seem very hectic at times, not only with being a full-time student, but also having a full-time job and a daughter in preschool.

Ashley begins every morning at 5:30 a.m., starting the day with her online classes through K-State Global Campus. She watches her lectures, takes notes and does her homework during most of this time. By 7:30 a.m. she wakes up her three-year-old daughter to get her ready for preschool.

Having a daughter and going to school full time is not an easy task, but to add to the stress of the day, Ashley is also working full time to be able to continue the path to her career and pay the bills.

After dropping her daughter off at day care, it is an hour drive to her job as a dietetic technician where she works until 7 p.m. most nights.

The most important part of her day is spending quality time with her daughter when she gets home from work. After putting her daughter to bed, it is back to working on school, where at night she finishes her homework and takes any exams she can for the week.

Most students find it hard to maintain their school work and a part time job, let alone working full time, with school and a three-year-old. Ashley says is it all about finding a balance in your time.

“I try to maintain a schedule of my time so there is balance between work, school and quality time with my daughter,” Ashley said.

On the weekends, Ashley tries to spend as much time as she can with her daughter and doing activities that she loves to do.  The key to her success, not only as a mom but as a full-time student, is organization.

“Organization is a key factor in ensuring I do not have cross-over time of work into my school time and school time into time with my daughter,” Ashley said.

Ashley said finishing her degree and getting her career started would not be possible without the help of scholarships and K-State’s Global Campus.

“Global Campus has afforded me the financial ability to attend school without having to take out costly loans and relieved much of the stress that comes from having to allocate funds to put toward my tuition while juggling being a single mother,” Ashley said.

Many students like Ashley use the money they receive from scholarships to continue on the path to graduation without having to slow down due to financial constraints. With scholarships, Ashley did not have to postpone taking particular classes.

The Maes-Hemmendinger Scholarship is available to both undergraduate and graduate students admitted to a distance education degree program offered through K-State Global Campus. The founder of the scholarship, Sue Maes, was dean of K-State Global Campus and retired in 2017. She and her husband, Dennis Hemmendinger, are happy they can help students further their education through distance learning. Ashley appreciates the support.

“Global campus is a great opportunity for working single mothers and anyone who wants to further their education,” Ashley said. “Don’t let the belief that there is not enough time in the day among all your other responsibilities hold you back.” 

Ashley Walther

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