Announcing Athena’s 3rd Annual Global Give Scholarship Recipient!
Each year, during Athena’s Global Give Fundraiser at NAFSA, and in partnership with the GoAbroad Foundation, we are able to collect and donate enough contributions to award a scholarship which supports a student in the Philippines to go to school for an entire academic year. This fundraiser has been so popular among NAFSAns since its inception, that we decided to make it a permanent part of Athena’s charitable arm, S.O.S. Giving back is a core mission of Athena Study Abroad and through the various branches of our S.O.S. program we, and our students, have been able to join countless charitable organizations to bring about change we want to see in the world. From service-based scholarships to donations of proceeds & services, to staff service to our own community, we do all that we can to make the world a better place for everyone because we feel as global citizens, it is our duty to do so.
3nd Annual Global Give Fundraiser In Review
This year, while our team was planning our 3rd Annual Global Give Fundraiser, we found ourselves once again in a discussion about the current state of the world and what we all thought the world could use more of (we agree that the world can use a lot more of a bunch of things). At NAFSA in Philadelphia decided to ask the members of our field in international education what they feel the world needs most right now. The options given this year were:
International educators cast their vote, and told us which value the world needs the most. The option that received the most votes became a part of the scholarship essay prompt for our Annual Scholarship Program in the Philippines. Empathy was the one chosen this year.
Betty is currently studying for her Bachelor of Science Major in Accountancy at the Eastern Visayans State University (EVSU) and wrote a thoughtful application expressing her thoughts about education and the chosen virtue of empathy.
In her own words, “Empathy is indeed a great means to start a movement of showing that there is the possibility of moving in the right direction.”