After earning a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth in Richmond, Virginia, and working in a psychiatric hospital, Ashley Beavers, winner of an NEF Scholarship enrolled at Bon Secours Memorial School of Nursing, also in Richmond, to earn a diploma in nursing. She went on to work in a
Medical/Surgical/Trauma Intensive Care Unit in a community hospital. In 2010 she returned to Virginia Commonwealth to study in the adult acute care nurse practitioner master's program. She is currently combining her nursing studies with being a wife and mother with the eventual goal of becoming a nurse practitioner/nurse educator.