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Athena exhibiting with the Collective

Athena’s 4th Annual Global Give Fundraiser at NAFSA 2019

Athena Named a Finalist in TWO 2019 GoAbroad Innovation Awards:

Clock Tower Event hosted by the Global Learning Collective at Forum 2019

Thiel College WXTC Radio Interview of Athena – Budgeting for Study Abroad

2018 Year In Review

We at Athena want to send a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who made 2018 such a great year! Thank you for welcoming us to your campuses and allowing us to share study abroad experiences with you and your students.We had so many high points and memorable moments throughout the year- let’s reflect together on ...


Athena Awards $8,000 Annual Iavagnilio Scholarship

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 ...


Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce “Person of the Year” Feature

Congratulations to our Founder and President, Stacy McKay Benander, for being named the 2018 Business Person of the Year by the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce! Enjoy this lovely write up in Greenville’s Record Argus:


Stacy McKay Benander Named “Business Person of the Year 2018” by Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce

Athena embraces Africa!

We will be offering these deep, immersive, and academically stimulating programs beginning this Summer 2019!  Applications being accepted now: Now sit back, relax, and enjoy this little video peek into what these programs have to offer!   These programs are a result of the synergy and strong relationships made possible by Athena’s partnership in ...


Athena’s Founder Named Winner of “Enlightened Employer” Award at the WIE Awards in Berlin

Athena a Finalist in Two Greenville Chamber of Commerce Award Categories 2018

We are so thrilled to announce a double nomination for Athena in the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce Awards! Athena Study Abroad has been named a finalist for the 2018 Chamber Business of the Year, and its Founder and President Stacy McKay Benander is a finalist for the Chamber Person of the Year! The awards ...


Athena’s Global Learning Collective Partnership Featured in the PIE News

Athena’s involvement in a newly-formed partner consortium, the Global Learning Collective, has been featured in The PIE News. The PIE is a highly-trusted London-based source of news reporting on all things related to international education across the globe. As a founding member of the Collective, we are thrilled and honored by the PIE’s support in helping us ...


Athena’s President Shortlisted for the 2018 WIE Awards

We are thrilled to announce that Athena’s Founder, Stacy McKay Benander, has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 2018 Women In International Education (WIE) “Enlightened Employer” Award. This nomination recognizes the forward-thinking, proactive and creative approach of employers to enabling women to realize their full potential. Through so many of her contributions and initiatives both ...


Athena Joins Forces to Launch the Global Learning Collective

Athena Unveils New Faces and New Catalogs

Launch of Athena’s First “Around the Globe” Summer Camp

Athena Joins Efforts to Study Ways to Improve the Community

Athena’s President Named to Community Vision Task Force

Athena Donates Time to Improving Our Community

Athena donates time to improving our community. As part of Greenville’s Downtown Task Force, Athena’s President Stacy McKay Benander shares her ideas to make Main Street more enticing.


Athena’s 3rd Annual Global Give Fundraiser Feels the Love in the City of Brotherly Love at NAFSA 2018

Athena’s Founder Honored at Forty Under 40 Award Ceremony

Athena Named a Finalist for Two 2018 GoAbroad Innovation Awards

Athena’s 3rd Annual Global Give Fundraiser 2018

Stacy McKay Benander Named One of Mercer County PA’s Top Forty Under 40 Business Professionals

Forty Under 40 Award Honors Athena’s Founder The county’s four chambers of commerce – Greenville Area, Shenango Valley, Mercer Area, and Grove City Area – have named Stacy McKay Benander, President of Athena Study Abroad, one of the county’s top forty business professionals under the age of 40! This year’s winners were judged on their leadership ...


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 2nd 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

Greenville welcomes home Stacy McKay Benander, 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 helps students to study abroad, providing them with different study abroad programs and courses to make the best of the experience. From Gahanna, Ohio the company works to make study abroad accessible to every student.


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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