Ashton Hope Keegan lived life to the fullest, fitting more into her short 23 years than most people will fit into a full lifetime.
She lost her life late at night on August 21, 2016, the night before she was to start an accelerated PhD program at the University of GA. She chose to study Interracial Communications, because she felt education and communication were the only way we would be able to heal the deep divide she saw in the country.
Ashton was passionate about education in the local community, especially for women who are unable to reach the first rung of the economic ladder – whether through dropping out of school, pregnancy, etc. She was a mentor and tutor at a program that helps these women earn their GED and reach that first rung to start bettering their lives. She taught them everything from math, to how to dress for an interview, to how to “think on their feet.”
The world lost a true treasure that night. However, to those who love her, her passion is now our passion, and we will continue her legacy through this Foundation. We will help local women join the economic mainstream, and come out of the shadows and into the full community.