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Direct donations to the ATHENA Scholarship Fund are always welcomed. If you’re interested in contributing to the ATHENA Scholarship Fund and/or can’t make the fundraiser event, please contact Mercedes Cowper at or 616.771.0341.

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ATHENA Fundraiser

6th Annual ATHENA Scholarship Fundraiser

Celebrate the Tenet of Learning on August 14, 2013

Did you know? The Chamber has awarded more than $40,000 through the The ATHENA Scholarship Fund to help deserving women over the age of 30 who are pursuing higher education in the Grand Rapids area.

ATHENA Scholarships are unique in that recipients can use the money for whatever helps them achieve their degree, from tuition fees, to childcare or transportation expenses. Women in the Greater Grand Rapids area, regardless of field of study or preferred college/university, are invited to apply.

You are invited to join us for the 6th Annual ATHENA Scholarship Fundraiser that will be combined with a unique ATHENA Leadership Forum on August 14 at the Kent Country Club. A portion of each ticket sold will provide proceeds for the 2013 ATHENA Scholarship recipients, helping the ATHENA Scholarship Fund continue to support local women in their educational and career endeavors.

Dr. Jacqueline TaylorAt this special ATHENA Leadership Forum & Fundraiser, we will have the pleasure of hearing long-time community leader and ATHENA committee member Dr. Jacqueline Taylor from Pondera Advisors, LLC speak on the tenet of Learning—the art of challenging yourself to listen and be open to what is new and unfamiliar; expanding and developing your knowledge, skills and experiences; and teaching others.

The ATHENA Leadership Forum & Fundraiser is a perfect opportunity to grow personally and professionally while supporting a good cause. ATHENA Scholarships are unique in that recipients can use the money for whatever helps them achieve their degree, from tuition fees, to childcare or transportation expenses—building a brighter future for career, family, and personal goals.

Come for an afternoon of networking, lunching, and showing support for the women in our great community!

Event Details

Date | Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Time | 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location | Kent Country Club, 1600 College Avenue NE
Cost | $40, lunch included
Registration | Registration for this event has been closed as of 08-13-2013.

This event is ideal for: Anyone who would like to learn and develop meaningful connections and invaluable support among established and emerging leaders while making a difference for someone who needs it!

The ATHENA Leadership Forum - rooted in the eight tenets of the ATHENA Leadership Model - provides a monthly forum for emerging leaders to connect with established leaders to make meaningful connections with one another through networking, roundtable discussions and professional development opportunities. Emerging women leaders come away from the event equipped with invaluable support, connections and a community of peers. The next session of the ATHENA Leadership Forum is on Wednesday, August 14!

Enjoy photos from the 2011 fundraiser!


Special thanks to our 2013 sponsor:



For more information regarding this event, please contact Mercedes Cowper at 616.771.0341.

To add your company name to the prestigious list of ATHENA supporters, contact Diane Cisler at 616.771.0357 or click here for sponsorship levels and benefits.

A portion of sponsorships are contributed directly to the ATHENA Scholarship Fund!

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