Summer 2019 Athena Scholarship Winners

The weather is changing and as we get ready to enjoy longer sunny days, it’s time to announce this Summer’s Athena Scholarship Winners! We received a lot of great applications this year and are happy to announce that the recipients of the scholarships are:


Athena Short-Term Service Scholarship

Zulbiya Ilyasova

University of Dayton

Paros Island, Greece

Ilyasova is a well deserving awardee of Athena’s Short-Term Service Scholarship for her study abroad program in Paros Island, Greece. An experience she shared with her parents spurred an interest into contributing further to society and the over all greater good. She participated in a local conservation program, planting over 200 oak and hickory seedlings with the understanding that the effort would have a significant impact to the local eco system. The trees would provide new cover and food sources for local wildlife and contribute to the re-generation of the area.

Athena Penny Scholarship

Alexandra Dooher

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Heidelberg, Germany

Alexandra’s scholarship submission stood out from all of the applicants for her thoughtful analysis of why Athena’s Heidelberg, Germany, program is the perfect setting for her immersion into a new environment, as well as creating a bridge between a cultural experience and her academic goals. In her own words, “the Alte Brücke represents the history and culture of this beautiful town. Its stone structure displays strength, its monuments speak to the fact that wherever we  live, we are in so many ways the same. But in a deeper, personal sense, it signifies a bridge for me to further my studies in business and take the momentous steps toward my degree and my future career.”

Congratulations again to the winners of this summer’s scholarship awards and thank you to all of you who submitted scholarship applications. There were a lot of great applications this year and you certainly didn’t make the decision easy for us! We are very proud to have so many alumni who are dedicated to giving back to the world and recognize the value of education!

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