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Meet the Scholarship Recipient of Athena’s 2nd Annual Global Give!

During Athena’s inaugural Global Give Fundraiser at NAFSA in 2016, through generous donations from supporters throughout the field of international education as well as Athena’s dollar-for-dollar donation match, we were able to donate enough to the GoAbroad Foundation to result in the creation of a new GoAbroad Annual Scholarship that supports a student in the Philippines to go ...


Athena’s 2nd Global Give Fundraiser Breaks Records in Giving Back to GoAbroad Foundation

Mark it down…another successful NAFSA is officially in the books!  We met with amazing friends and partners we’ve known for years, networked and met so many wonderful new people in the field, and most importantly, we hosted Athena’s 2nd Annual Global Give Fundraiser benefitting one of Athena’s S.O.S. Charity Recipients – the GoAbroad Foundation. Thanks ...


Athena’s Annual Global Give NAFSA Fundraiser

GoAbroad Foundation Interview

The 2nd Annual Global Give Fundraiser May 17, 2017, Education, Fundraiser of the Month, Fundraising, Interview, Philanthropy Last year we launched our Annual Scholarship Program, thanks to the generous fundraising efforts of Athena Study Abroad. Back at it again this year at NAFSA, here’s a little more about Athena Study Abroad, their fundraising efforts, and the energetic ...


Greenville welcomes home Athena’s President with Office Relocation

Athena Finalist for Two GoAbroad Innovation Awards: People’s Choice (3 years in a row!) and Innovative New Program – Study Abroad

Athena’s Founders Featured in’s video

Dear Foreign Students Coming to Study in the USA… by GOABROAD WRITING TEAM Published 07 March 2017 In January, Team GoAbroad marched messages of support and solidarity from friends and international educators to the capitol for the Women’s March on Washington as part of our International Educators United for Women campaign. Throughout our journey to Washington D.C., ...


Athena’s Hosts Event on Cross-Country Tour for “International Educators United for Women”

Skip to content   LEARN MORE ABOUT THE #INTLEDUNITED CAMPAIGN Singing the praises of meaningful travel from behind the wheels of your very own tricked-out RV is wayyy more fun than only doing so within character counts. Yup, the RV beats a tweet. Every. Time. In January 2017, the GoAbroad team launched the #intledunited campaign ...


Athena’s blog in the Top 75 Study Abroad Blogs

Athena’s blog is one of the Top 75 Study Abroad blogs. Read the whole list here!


Athena “Global Give” Charity Fun-Draiser Brings Together Int’l Educators To Support a Worthy Cause in Denver

  Athena Study Abroad launched its First Annual Athena “Global Give” Charity Fun-Draiser at NAFSA in Denver, Colorado last week, and we are pleased to say it was a big success!  (Thus, why we are calling it the “First Annual”)   🙂 Typically at conference expo halls, there are tons of giveaways and trinkets that ...


Athena Finalist for Three GoAbroad Innovation Awards: People’s Choice, Innovation in Diversity, and Innovation in Marketing & Digital Media

Athena Study Abroad has been selected as a finalist for THREE GoAbroad Innovation Awards: The People’s Choice Award Innovation in Diversity​ Innovation in Marketing and Digital Media​ GoAbroad’s People’s Choice Award honors the top international education organizations as selected by study abroad professionals and students​. T​o become a finalist​ in this category​, Athena was ​nominated by study ...


Athena’s $50,000 Access Scholarship Initiative

In 2015, Athena Study Abroad’s 10th Anniversary Year kicked off with exciting news. We announced that we are awarding $50,000 in Athena “Access Study Abroad Scholarships” – funds aimed to assist under-represented populations of study abroad students in accessing the opportunity of study abroad.One of Athena’s overarching goals as an organization, as well as a large part ...


GoAbroad Awards: Athena is Finalist for People’s Choice​ and​ Innovation in Philanthropy​ Awards​

Athena Study Abroad has been selected as a finalist for two GoAbroad Innovation Awards: The People’s Choice Award and Innovation in Philanthropy​ Award​. GoAbroad’s People’s Choice Award honors the top international education organization was selected by study abroad professionals and students​. T​o become a finalist​ in this category​, Athena was ​nominated by study abroad advisors​​ ...


Stacy Feature on

One of the leading Study Abroad websites,, featured an interview with Stacy, where she was able to share her thoughts on the field and the history of Athena Study Abroad. Here is a transcript of that interview.  You can see the original interview at this link:  GoAbroad Interview   Stacy McKay Benander – President ...


Stacy McKay Benander Wins Leo Downling Award of Excellence

Congratulations to our President and Founder, Stacy McKay Benander, for winning the esteemed Leo Dowling Award of Excellence! Every year, NAFSA Region VI awards someone who has demonstrated the outstanding qualities that distinguished the late Leo R. Dowling of Indiana University, one of the “founding fathers” and an early president of NAFSA. The award recipient ...


Athena Announces New (and Veteran) Advisory Board Members

Athena joins Generation Study Abroad

Athena Study Abroad Joins Institute of International Education Coalition to Double Number of Students Who Study Abroad by End of Decade Athena Seeks to Increase Under-served Minority Group Participation by 50% COLUMBUS, OH: April, 4 2014 — Athena Study Abroad has pledged to join the Institute of International Education (IIE)’s Generation Study Abroad initiative to ...


Athena Finalist in GoAbroad’s Innovation Awards

Innovation Award Finalist GoAbroad announced the finalist for their 2012 GoAbroad Innovation Awards! After extensive review and consideration, Athena Study Abroad was selected as a top nominee for the Innovation in Marketing Award. GoAbroad received hundreds of diverse nominees, so it is quite an accomplishment for Athena to be nominated.Athena’s nomination is for our creative ...


Feature in Business First

Athena 2011 GoAbroad Innovation Award Finalist

2011 GoAbroad Innovation Awards Finalists: Innovative Use of Technology


Athena’s website selected as a Top 50 Publication Award Winners

The Study Abroad Ambassadors award recognizes some of the best university study abroad programs, as well as travel websites that provide priceless information to students as they prepare to leave and plan return from their experiences.  Athena’s website selected as a Top 50 Publication Award Winners and named one of eCollegeFinder’s Top Study Abroad Ambassadors ...


Stacy McKay Benander named one of Ohio’s Forty under 40 Business Leaders

Forty Under 40 Award   Stacy Benander named one of Columbus, Ohio’s top forty business professionals under the age of 40 Stacy Benander, President of Athena Study Abroad, was named as one of Columbus, Ohio’s top forty business professionals under the age of 40. Columbus Business First honored this year’s top young Central Ohio business ...



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