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Learn more about these awards and scholarship presented by the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsor Martin Automotive Group below
The ATHENA Award honors the local businessperson who contributes most greatly to the community and the advancement of women in the business world. The ATHENA Foundation is dedicated to recognizing individual leaders that have opened doors of opportunity for women in the workplace and beyond. The prestigious ATHENA Award celebrates these positive role models—more than 3000 women and men to date—on a local, state, national and international level.
The ATHENA Award recipient is announced at a news conference in October. The recipient is then honored at the ATHENA Luncheon in November.
Past recipients of the ATHENA Award include
|Anne Grubbs (2010)||Joy Rogers (2009)|
|Amy Milliken (2008)||Regina Webb (2007)|
|Heather Rogers (2006)||Kim Thomas (2005)|
|Ann Jewell Patterson (2004)||Regina Parsley-Byrd (2003)|
|Mary Cohron (2002)||Ann Puckett (2001)|
|Pearl Taylor (2000)||Robin Hunt (1999)|
|Dr. Georgia Childress (1998)||Sandy Jones (1997)|
|Deborah Williams (1996)||Dr. Lynn Chism (1995)|
|Sarah Glenn Grise (1994)||Nancy Dixon (1993)|
|Joyce Wilson (1992)||Vickie Elrod (1991)|
|Doris C. Thomas (1990)||Ann Elliott (1989)|
|Peggy Loafman (1988)||Betty Lovenstein (1987)|
|Romanza Johnson (1986)|
The ATHENA Young Professional Award is a natural extension of the ATHENA Award, a program that honors the local businessperson who contributes most greatly to the community and the advancement of women in the business world.
The ATHENA Young Professional Award was introduced at the ATHENA International Conference in Chicago in April 2007. The recognition piece for the ATHENA Young Professional Award is symbolic of the cut crystal prism in the ATHENA Award Sculpture representing the multifaceted qualities of their leadership.
By presenting this award for the first time in Bowling Green in March of 2008, we are acknowledging the contributions and importance of our local emerging leaders. The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce believes in the values underlying ATHENA International’s philosophy of incorporating the talent and expertise of women into the leadership of our businesses, our communities and our government.
Criteria for the ATHENA Young Professional award include that the individual:
- Is an emerging leader who demonstrates excellence
- Provides valuable service:
- To business or profession
- To the community
- Exhibits initiative and creativity
- Exemplifies and upholds the goals of the professional woman
- Clearly serves as a role model for young women personally and professionally
- Must be a partner of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce or employed by a partner
Winners of the ATHENA Young Professional Award are
|Nancy Mitchell (2011)||Kelly Ward Wiseman (2010)|
|Laura Simpson Goodman (2009)||Jana Sublett (2008)|
Cornelius Martin ATHENA Scholarship
Because of generous giving to the Cornelius Martin ATHENA Scholarship Fund, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce awards a $500 scholarship to a non-traditional undergraduate student attending Western Kentucky University.
The Cornelius Martin ATHENA Scholarship Fund was established as a perpetual trust within the College Heigts Foundation in memory of Cornelius Martin. Local ATHENA Award recipients have funded this perpetual trust because, through the ATHENA Foundation, Cornelius Martin recognized individual leaders who have opened doors of opportunity for women in the workplace and beyond.
Eligibility requirements for the scholarship are:
- Applicant must be a non-traditional female student attending Western Kentucky University.
- Applicant must be a resident of Warren County.
- Applicant may be a full- or part-time student.
- Applicant must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
WKU's University Scholarship Committee selects the recipient for this scholarship prior to the academic school year.