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Scholarship Program

Adult Students in Scholastic Transition 
(ASIST) Program

From its early beginnings, EWI® has always been committed to promoting community involvement and professional development among its members. In 1974, EWI® participated in a community project to encourage the development of careers in business among high school students. Enthusiastically embraced by chapters throughout the organization, the program quickly grew and developed into what is now known as the Business/Career/Development Program. Today, B/C/DP is a renowned nonprofit organization offering scholastic assistance.

The Adult Students in Scholastic Transition Program (ASIST) provides financial support to central Ohio adult students at transitional points in their lives. Applicants may be single parents, individuals just entering the workforce or displaced workers who live within a chapter's geographical boundaries. To be eligible for the program, candidates must be able to define their career goals and objectives and meet the necessary educational and financial requirements.

Scholarships are awarded per Internal Revenue Service Guidelines. Verification of enrollment is required before payment will be made by EWI®. Awards are paid directly to a higher education institution.

Eligibility Requirements

Selection criteria may include the following:
  • Financial need
  • Socially, physically and economically challenged adults
  • Preference is given to those individuals with children residing in the home
Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
  • Clearly define career goals and objectives
  • Specify the educational requirements to attain the above goals and objectives
  • Utilize re-entry programs available through colleges/universities/ technology centers, community agencies and service groups or career professionals
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Applicant must reside within boundaries of a participating EWI Chapter – refer to list on

Scholarship Boundaries

EWI of Columbus awards scholarships to eligible individuals who are permanent residents in either Franklin County, Ohio, or one of the six contiguous counties (Licking, Fairfield, Union, Pickaway, Madison and Delaware) that define our Chapter boundaries. See the map below if you are unsure if you qualify.

Applications are closed for this year. Check back in January 2025!

Congratulations to this year's winners:

Carolyn Lewandowski
ASIST Scholarship
Marilyn Pendleton Scholarship
Franklin University
Field of Study: Education
Sydney Woods
ASIST Scholarship
BMI Federal Credit Union Scholarship
Kentucky State University
Field of Study: Business Administration & Marketing

Sabreen Jallaq
ASIST Scholarship
Illinois College of Optometry
Field of Study: Optometry

Khina Karki
ASIST Scholarship
University of Virginia
Field of Study: Finance

Any questions may be directed to Scholarship Director Ashley Ramirez at

New Scholarship for 2023!

“BMI Federal Credit Union and its staff are excited to support EWI of Columbus by providing scholarship funds for their ASIST Program, and to continue our partnership throughout 2023. Our credit union was started by Battelle in 1936 and continues to focus on supporting education and serving the Central Ohio community, and we feel that the mission of EWI aligns perfectly with these goals.”
Sarah Bach, 
Vice President of Business & Community Development

Thank you, BMI Federal Credit Union for your donation to our education efforts!

Following our philanthropic community focus, EWI awards scholarships for adult students returning to school, providing a catalyst for their educational growth. Over the years, our Columbus chapter has given more than $160,000 in scholarships to central Ohio adult students.

Thank you to our Chapter Sponsors for helping us make an impact on our community.