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Mentoring young women, building tomorrow’s leaders

Recognizing and supporting young women in Greater Rochester who aspire to become leaders remains one of the Women’s Council’s longstanding missions. 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 female high school seniors who excel in academics, leadership and community service.

Sponsors of the program foster the recipients’ passion to become successful leaders by contributing to monetary scholarships. These are awarded to recipients in schools in each of the following categories: Rochester City, Suburban West, Suburban East and Regional. Some sponsors also provide opportunities in their own 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 Women’s Council is committed to enhancing the Young Women of Distinction Scholarship Award program by extending our reach to recognize more young women seeking to become leaders. For that reason, five dollars 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 Greater Rochester 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 or returning to our area is critical to the future success of Rochester-area businesses.

For more information about how you, your company or organization can become involved, contact Susan George at the Rochester Chamber by phone at (585) 256-4612 or by email at Susan.George@GreaterRochesterChamber.com.

1/15/2016 (c) 2016 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email rbj@rbj.net.

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