The foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization established in memory of Ashley Conroy by her family. Ashley died in India while studying during her junior year of college. Ashley was an avid traveler who appreciated the delight of discovering the world and learning about different cultures and people. Ashley wrote, “I truly believe that being in a culture completely unlike my own would be an experience that I will always cherish. Hopefully, it will show me new qualities not only about the world but about myself as well.” It is the foundation’s goal to encourage others to explore the unknown and go on adventures for their own betterment and understanding of the world. The foundation currently provides three scholarships in the fall and three scholarships in the spring to assist college students with expenses incident to study abroad programs. Each scholarship recipient is able to choose his or her own study abroad program, field of study and destination. Past scholarship recipients have expressed gratitude for the experience of living in another country and the opportunity to connect with the people of that country.


The foundation has held various fundraisers over the years. Ashley Conroy was an artist and the foundation has held art exhibitions of her paintings. There was also an exhibition of Ashley’s artwork from her trip to India paired with some of her journal entries and reflections of India. For more information, please contact Stephen Conroy at


For information on how to become an individual or corporate donor for The Ashley Soulé Conroy Foundation, please email us at or visit our website at


The foundation’s mission is to create a permanent endowment and award scholarships to qualified students for travel and study abroad based on merit, personal qualities and/or financial need.  To date, the foundation has awarded 27 scholarships to college students who have studied in programs in such varied countries as Japan, Czech Republic, Russia, New Zealand, Tanzania, Peru and Denmark.  The foundation pays no salaries and has very minor annual expenses to maximize the award of scholarships.

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LEFT Carlo Aragón, scholarship recipient in Peru, spring 2015 RIGHT Kirsten Paasche, scholarship recipient in Australia, fall of 2011


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