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Brophy senior honored for fundraising with scholarship

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  • Alison Bailin Batz/HMA Public Relations

AXA Advisors Southwest honored Max Ashton, a blind high school senior who recently climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and swam to Alcatraz to help raise $250,000 for the Arizona Foundation of Blind Children, with a $25,000 scholarship.

AXA Advisors Southwest, a leading provider of financial services for consumers and businesses, announced that Max Ashton, a high school senior attending Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix will receive $25,000 as a national winner of the 2014 AXA Achievementsm Scholarship in association with U.S. News & World Report.

During the reception Tuesday, May 6 at AXA Advisors Southwest office in Scottsdale, Ashton spoke on redefining standards – both his own and those of children who are blind like him – five additional high school seniors were awarded $2,000 each by AXA.

Ashton is one of 52 students – one from each state, plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico – who have been awarded scholarships of $10,000. Of those 52 students, 10 – including Ashton – were chosen to receive an additional $15,000 scholarship award. All of the scholarship recipients are graduating high school seniors who demonstrated ambition and drive, determination to set and reach goals and the ability to succeed in college.

“Max, who is blind, has taken on amazing fetes that have tested his mind, body and spirit – such as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and swimming to Alcatraz – all in the name of raising more than $250,000 for the Arizona Foundation for Blind Children,” says Philip Kim, retirement benefits director at AXA Advisors Southwest and office champion of the scholarship program. “Some of the challenges he faced included altitude sickness, subzero temperatures, fatigue, sleeplessness and doubt. But it was all worth it to help so many children through the Foundation.”

“Confidence comes from success. Success comes from trying. The will to try comes from within. I am redefining standards,” says Ashton.

Ashton and his fellow honorees – known as AXA Achievers – are featured online at the U.S. News & World Report website. AXA is also proud to present a video highlighting their inspiring personal stories.

In addition to Ashton, AXA Advisors Southwest is pleased to announce five fellow Arizona students received $2,000 as winners of the 2014 AXA Achievementsm Community Scholarship program. They are:


Miruthula Jegadesan of Corona del Sol High School in Tempe

Cindy Le of Hamilton High School in Chandler

Tun Nef of Tucson Magnet High School in Tucson

Whitney Smith Notre Dame Preparatory High School in Scottsdale

Erika Yee University High School in Tucson

Ashton and his fellow honorees were celebrated by community, business and education leaders in the Valley for their success during a reception hosted by AXA Advisors Southwest on May 6 at the firm’s regional headquarters, located in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The program is administered by Scholarship Management Services®, a program of Scholarship America®, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit private sector and educational support organizations.

Funded by the AXA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AXA Advisors, AXA Achievement was established to address the financial barriers faced by college bound high school students. Another component is the highly successful AXA Achievementsm Scholarship in association with U.S. News & World Report, which awards $670,000 in annual scholarships. Since the program began, AXA Achievement has awarded $22.8 million in college scholarships to more than 5,100 students.