Annual Fund Drive Campaign



Excellence Has a Price - Video

The Ashland public schools are excellent. Ashland Schools’ students consistently score significantly higher on academic tests than the state and national averages, have unique opportunities in the arts and sciences through collaboration with OSF and SOU, and have repeatedly won regional and state championships in speech & debate, theater, and other academic and arts competitions. But, do we really stop to consider how all this success happens? It takes great resources to consistently achieve high results and make a first-rate education possible.


“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives - choice, not chance, determines your destiny.” - Aristotle

The Ashland Schools Foundation (ASF) is entering our annual time of raising money for the Ashland Public Schools for the next school year. We are reaching out to the community to remind parents and donors like you that the Ashland Schools promote excellence…but that excellence comes with a price.

Through our "Excellence Has a Price" campaign, we have been connecting with Ashland alumni who are out in the world doing interesting, exceptional things, asking them how their education in the Ashland schools helped them find success in the world.
It has been such fun, getting to know these vibrant young people who are excited about their lives and their dreams. They are old enough to have gained perspective on their education at Ashland High, but young enough to still remember the experiences and people who so strongly influenced their lives in such a positive wayRead about two of them below.

Allison Buhl
Allison Buhl - AHS Class of 2007
Allison Buhl
, who graduated from AHS in 2007, received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree this May from the University of Arizona, after doing her residency at the Hospital Clinica Biblica in Costa Rica.

  Allison had this to say about education in the Ashland schools, "Ashland's education system is both nurturing and challenging, encouraging students to embrace their individuality while fostering a drive to become lifelong scholars without boundaries." 
Riley Richmond
Riley Richmond - AHS Class of 2014
Riley Richmond
 graduated from AHS in 2014. Riley was accepted to three different Ivy League schools and faced the difficult choice of deciding which school would help him fulfill his ambitious dreams, for he is a young man who definitely plans to go places.  When we caught up with Riley last year as freshman at Yale University, he told us, “I am a pre-med and neurobiology/genetic engineering major, plus I’m also in the Navy ROTC and my future plans are to be a Navy SEAL after graduation. I plan to go on to get my MD/PhD after I retire from the Navy as I want to be a scientific researcher.” When asked about his experiences in the Ashland schools, Riley told us, "The Ashland school system prepared me well for Yale. I was graced with the opportunity to interact with a vast diversity of ideas that both opened my mind and sharpened my critical thinking skills."

Donate to ASF right now and help maintain excellence in the Ashland public schools. 

Your donation will:

  • help the Ashland School District keep educators in the classroom
  • help fund enrichment programs that otherwise would not be available
  • help educators better serve the diverse needs of their students
To uphold the Ashland tradition of outstanding education – and ensure the most successful outcomes for ALL students - we need the generous support of donors like you.

Interested in becoming a MAJOR DONOR?  Click here to go to our Major Donor information page.


ASF is hoping to have matching funds available for donations that qualify as “new money” this year.  If you are interested in being a Matching Donor to encourage new donors to join ASF, please contact Susan Bacon at the Ashland Schools Foundation office.


  • Click here to donate right now online
  • Go to our Donate page to download a donation form or give stock.
  • Click here to go to our grant information page and view a grant video!

Volunteer - Help out at our phone bank – great food, camaraderie - this is the most fun you’ll ever have asking for donations! And you’ll feel darn good when you are responsible for bringing in extra donations for the schools. Our volunteer page will show you a variety of volunteer opportunities and how to sign up! Special thank you to Verizon for donating phones for our phone bank!

Our success depends on YOU!