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“With the help I received from the ATHENA scholarship award, I was able to purchase my textbooks and pay daycare while I attended class.”

-- Kristy Moralez, 2013 ATHENA Scholarship recipient




“I am truly thankful for the ATHENA Scholarship opportunity. The funds were a blessing and went toward Spring 2014 semester costs, which include:
  • tuition for two courses
  • books
  • gas for my commute from Grand Rapids to Kalamazoo
  • parking permit
  • paying a child care assistant.”

-- Joanne duBois Sweedyke, 2013 ATHENA Scholarship recipient

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ATHENA Scholarships

One critical component of the ATHENA Award Celebration is the awarding of scholarships to women over the age of 30 who are pursuing higher education. 

Did you know that $6,500 in scholarships were awarded last year through the ATHENA Award program? Since launching the ATHENA Scholarship program, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber has awarded more than $50,000 to help deserving women over the age of 30 in the Grand Rapids area complete their dream of a college degree. The Grand Rapids Area Chamber was the first ATHENA program in the country to establish a scholarship program.

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. Application deadline is Friday, April 18, 2014.

Click here to download the 2014 ATHENA Scholarship Application

If you or someone you know is a woman scholar over 30, don’t wait to apply! Download the 2014 application and return it by April 18. Scholarship recipients will be announced at the annual ATHENA Award Celebration on September 18.

In 2013, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce distributed applications to Aquinas College, Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Davenport University, Douglas J Aveda Institute, Grace Bible College, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, ITT Tech, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Kuyper College, Everest Institute, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, University of Phoenix, Northwood University, MSU College of Human Medicine, Central Michigan University, Western Michigan University, Sanford-Brown College. Women over 30 from any field of study at an area college/university are invited to apply. 

If you would like to make a contribution to the Scholarship Fund, contact Mercedes Cowper at 616.771.0341. We thank you for your support!

For more information regarding the ATHENA Scholarship, contact Mercedes Cowper at 616.771.0341.

Click here for ATHENA sponsorship opportunities or to add your name to the prestigious list of ATHENA supporters, return to the main ATHENA page or contact Diane Cisler at 616.771.0357.

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