Demonstrate a commitment to charitable service
The Iavagnilio Charitable Service Scholarship is designed for the Athena student who can best demonstrate a commitment to and active participation in charitable service in his or her community. Because we at Athena place a very high value on giving back to the world, this scholarship is aimed at rewarding students that have a history of taking initiative to make the world a better place through charitable service.
Michele Iavagnilio was a young man who, through his work at the Cireneo Onlus Foundation, selflessly dedicated his efforts to helping and teaching autistic children everything from the simplest everyday task of tying their shoelaces, to more difficult concepts of expressing emotions or needs. He would even go above and beyond his basic job duties by recycling his old toys to present as gifts to the children to make their lives happier and brighter. Tragically, Michele died at the age of 25 in the devastating earthquake in the Italian city of L’Aquila in April 2009.
In order to apply for this scholarship, each student should submit a reference letter from someone who can attest to the student’s roles and contributions to charity work in the community. In addition to the reference letter, the student should submit a resume or essay outlining his/her experience in charitable service.
Demonstrate an intention to promote the social justice
The McKay Global Citizen Scholarship is designed for the Athena student who can best demonstrate an interest in and intention to promote the concept of social justice at a city, state, national, and/or global level. Because students that study abroad become many of our world’s future leaders, it is extremely important that these students consider ways to become globally competent citizens. The recipient of this award must demonstrate an initiative to give back to society, an awareness of global community, and an intent to apply the skills and lessons learned abroad to his/her future endeavors.
In order to apply, each student should construct a 500 word essay that outlines his/her interest in social justice and service programs, any previous experience with similar initiatives, as well as a description of how the skills and lessons learned abroad will be applied to future endeavors that will contribute to the betterment of society.
Demonstrate a true ``love of learning`` in his/her major area of study
The Benander Academic Scholarship is designed for the Athena student who can best demonstrate a true “love of learning” in his/her major area of study, and superior academic abilities. The recipient of this scholarship can be from any academic discipline, but must be able to show a strong, demonstrated passion and success in his/her field of interest.
In order to apply, each student should construct a 500 word essay that demonstrates a love of learning, academic strengths that extend beyond (but including) the major area of study, a detailed description of the student’s future professional endeavors, and a list of extracurricular activities (honor societies, leadership positions, awards, etc.).
Devoting a day to a service project of your choosing
The Athena Short-Term Service Scholarship is available to students studying abroad for a summer or January term at any of Athena’s campuses overseas. The purpose of this scholarship is to support Athena’s mission of creating a service-minded global community.
In order to apply, each student must do the following:
No minimum GPA requirement.
In order to be eligible for the scholarship, student must be accepted into an Athena summer or January term study abroad program.
Demonstrate what you expect to gain from studying at your specific campus.
The Penny Scholarships are available to students studying abroad at any of Athena’s campuses overseas.
In order to apply, each student should construct a 500 word essay that outlines why he/she has selected the specific program location that they have, what unique offerings the student feels the program will offer them, and details about what the student expects to gain from studying at this specific campus and location.