Through hard work and determination, coupled with the help of her parents and a gift from the Sandoway Fund, 2017 LFCC graduate Ashley Rowzie will attend the University of Virginia this fall to study speech pathology.
Rowzie will commute three hours each day from her home in Amissville in Rappahannock County to attend college in Charlottesville. She has had her heart set on U.Va. since she attended an information session on transferring there from LFCC last fall.
The Sandoway Fund is a $2,500 award presented to an LFCC graduate transferring to the University of Virginia. The award is made possible by a gift from Roger and Anne Blattberg to the LFCC Educational Foundation.
The second of eight children, Rowzie was inspired to pursue speech pathology by watching a speech therapist work with her younger brother, Joseph, after a swimming pool accident left him hearing impaired. She hopes to help other children as Joseph was helped.
“He’s doing very, very well,” Rowzie said. “He functions very well using his hearing aids. Even when he was younger, he could read lips.”
A graduate of the Seton School in Manassas, Rowzie was homeschooled for her early education. Getting her associate degree in general studies from LFCC was the right choice for her.
“It was close to home and it saved money,” she said. “Plus, it gave me that chance to have a middle step between high school and going away to a large university. I absolutely loved the Fauquier Campus. It was just the right size. It was a perfect, perfect step for me.”
Rowzie had been interested in sign language even before Joseph’s hearing loss, and took two semesters of it at LFCC.
Even though she loved her sign language classes, one of Rowzie’s favorite courses was survey of horror, which focused on the psychological, anthropological and historical background of monsters in literature, art and pop culture around the world.
“It was probably one of the most unique classes I’ve ever had, but it was absolutely incredible, and Professor Kim Lewis definitely opened my mind up to all these different ways of writing and looking at the world that I had never thought of before,” she said. “It was so much fun.”
There may be more Rowzies at LFCC. One of her younger sisters is interested in also attending Lord Fairfax.
“She just saw how much I loved it, and she visited with me one time and absolutely loved it, too,” Rowzie said. “Of course, I talked about it all the time.”