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Nurturing young women, building tomorrow’s female 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. In an effort to promote these young women of promise, the Women’s Council introduced the Young Women of Distinction Scholarship Award in 2000. Embodying the philosophical principles of the Athena Award, the Young Women of Distinction Scholarship Award recognizes high school seniors who excel in academics, leadership and community service.

Sponsors of the program foster recipients’ passion to become successful leaders by contributing to monetary scholarships that are awarded to recipients from schools in each of the following categories: Rochester City, Suburban West, Suburban East and Regional. Some sponsors also provide opportunities within their own businesses and organizations for the recipients and finalists to participate in paid internship programs. Since 2000, the Women’s Council has awarded more than $46,000 in scholarships to 45 deserving young women.
 
The Women’s Council is grateful for the continued generosity of our program sponsors and in particular for the support of past Athena Award recipients, whose annual collective contribution sustains the Young Women of Distinction Scholarship Award program.
 
The scholarship program is one of the two signature events sponsored annually by the Women’s Council, and the organization is committed to enhancing it by extending its reach to recognize more young women seeking to become our future leaders. For that reason, $5 from the sale of every ticket to the Athena Award luncheon is donated to the Young Women of Distinction Scholarship Award program. Businesses, organizations and individuals in the Greater Rochester area are encouraged to consider becoming involved in the Young Women of Distinction Scholarship Award program or broadening their participation by providing scholarship or internship opportunities. Keeping bright, ambitious young women engaged and committed to staying in or returning to our area is 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.

1/10/14 (c) 2014 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email rbj@rbj.net.

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