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Young Women of Distinction continues to cultivate leaders

Nurturing and supporting young women in the Greater Rochester area who aspire to become our future leaders has been one of the Women’s Council’s longstanding missions, and in 2000 the Young Women of Distinction Award was introduced. Embodying the philosophical principles of the Athena Award, the Young Women of Distinction Program recognizes high school seniors who excel in academics, leadership and community service.
Program sponsors foster recipients’ passion to become successful leaders by contributing to cash scholarships awarded to winners and may also provide opportunities to intern with their companies and organizations. Since 2000, the Women’s Council has awarded more than $46,000 in scholarships to 45 young women. The Women’s Council is grateful for the generosity of the Young Women of Distinction program’s founding sponsors, Entre Computer Services Inc. and Paetec Holding Corp., which together have provided nearly 50 internship opportunities for finalists. We also are extremely grateful for the support of past Athena recipients and our chief fund-raiser and individual sponsor, Robert Wayland-Smith, a retired vice president of JPMorgan Chase Bank, who has worked tirelessly to help sustain the Young Women of Distinction program.
Because it is one of the two signature programs the Women’s Council sponsors, the organization is committed to enhancing the Young Women of Distinction program by extending its reach to recognize more young women seeking to become our future leaders. Businesses, organizations and individuals in the Greater Rochester area are encouraged to consider becoming involved in the Young Women of Distinction program or broadening their participation by providing scholarship and/or internship opportunities. Keeping bright, ambitious young women engaged and committed to staying in or returning to our area is a priority critical to the future success of Rochester-area businesses.
For more information about how you, your company or your organization can become involved, contact Susan George at the Rochester Business Alliance by phone at (585) 256-4612 or by email at susan.george@rballiance.com.    

1/6/12 (c) 2012 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email rbj@rbj.net.


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