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Athena Scholarship Program is Now Accepting Nominations & Applications
Athena Scholarship Program is Now Accepting Nominations & Applications

News Release:

Applications for the 2015 Lakeshore ATHENA Scholarship Program are now being accepted at the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce. The scholarships, offered through the Lakeshore ATHENA Awards Program, a collaboration of The Chamber of Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg, Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce, and the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, assist women in reaching their full potential through financial support for training programs and education.

"The Lakeshore ATHENA Scholarship Program differs in many ways from the usual scholarships young people apply for when they graduate from high school and are preparing for college," said Julie Parker, Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce. "For example, the applicant must be female, 30 years or older, and they must live or work in Ottawa, Allegan or Muskegon County. Additionally, the funds can be used for other expenses beyond education to enable the student to attend classes." Those expenses may be childcare, housing or transportation.

Other criteria the applicant must meet includes completion of one year of higher education, plans to continue her education at a West Michigan area accredited 4-year, 2-year or technical or vocational program, and have limited financial resources. Julie Parker said, "Applicants must also demonstrate a commitment to a professional, business or entrepreneurial career."

The application must be postmarked by May 15, 2015. Scholarship recipients will be notified in August, and checks will be awarded at the Lakeshore ATHENA Award luncheon on October 7, 2014 at Trillium Events. Over the past ten years, the program has awarded scholarships totaling over $30,000.

Applications for the scholarship are available on the websites of The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg, Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce, and Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce. You may also contact Julie Parker, Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce, (616) 392-2389, or julie@westcoastchamber.org.

About the ATHENA Award:

THE ATHENA AWARD is presented annually by "host organizations" such as chambers of commerce, women’s organizations and universities. Since the program’s inception in 1982, more than 6,000 ATHENA Awards have been presented in more than 500 communities in the United States, Canada, China, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, India, Greece and the United Kingdom. By honoring exceptional leaders, the ATHENA Award® Program seeks to inspire others to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives.

About the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award:

The Lakeshore ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award® was introduced in 2014 will be presented annually. Recipients are emerging leaders who demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession. They provide valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community; they clearly serve as a role model for young women personally and professionally. Women 40 and younger are eligible to be nominated.