By Matthew Sesto, Walgreens

As a part of a decade-long tradition, the Phoenix Chamber’s ATHENA recipients—a cadre formed from  three decades of accomplished, community-minded, female leaders in Phoenix—band together to support the ATHENA Scholarship.


2015 ATHENA recipients

Each year, the ATHENA Scholarship supports a participant in the Arizona Women’s Education and Employment (AWEE) program. The selected recipient is  presented with the scholarship by the ATHENAs at the annual ATHENA Awards luncheon. This tradition is one of the special highlights of the ATHENA luncheon, where the audience has the opportunity to meet and support a woman who is taking on life challenges and obstacles. It’s inspiring to hear her  story of personal triumph and hope. The ATHENAs and  event attendees are seeing an emerging leader and know that they are now part of her journey.

Last year, with the help of the ATHENAs and event attendees who purchased Fairytale Brownie centerpieces, the scholarship raised a record  $6,200. This year, with the help of donated centerpieces and the support of Walgreens, the ATHENA Scholarship is off to another great start! We are supporting the scholarship by seeding the fund with $500 and providing event seats for the scholarship recipient and a guest to attend the event on Oct. 26.

So far this year, the scholarship is funded at nearly $2,000. Continuing this time-honored tradition is a point of pride of the Chamber and the women who’ve been honored as ATHENAs. You can support this effort by donating online at

Join the Chamber in celebrating the 2016 ATHENA finalists and this year’s ATHENA Scholarship recipient at the ATHENA Awards on October 26, 2016.

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