The Rutherford ATHENA Award program is accepting applications for its $3,000 ATHENA Nontraditional Scholarship

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2017 scholarship recipient, Joy Shind, is pictured above with Dr. Ellen Slicker, 2017 ATHENA Scholarship and Patrons Society Chair. Joy earned her associates degree from Motlow State Community College and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Art Education at Middle Tennessee State University.

The Rutherford ATHENA Award Program will award its annual nontraditional scholarship at the 2018 ATHENA Award dinner and ceremony on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at Embassy Suites Murfreesboro. The scholarship amount is $3,000.

The ATHENA Nontraditional Scholarship is awarded to a Rutherford County woman who is at least five years out of high school and pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree later in life.

Application and all required supporting documents must be submitted by February 16, 2018.


Complete rules and general information about the Rutherford ATHENA scholarship process, including the scholarship application, are posted on the ATHENA website at

The scholarship application includes a 300-word essay describing how the applicant has embodied the ATHENA attributes of wisdom, strength and justice in her own endeavors.


For more information, please contact Ashley Holloway, ATHENA Scholarship and Patrons Society Chair, at

The Rutherford ATHENA Award Program is presented by founding sponsor RUTHERFORD Cable.

RUTHERFORD Cable is the premiere leadership organization for women's professional advancement in Middle Tennessee. The eight-year-old organization of more than 250 members provides professional and personal development, as well as business growth through building long-term relationships, structured networking and referrals. The organization is the first chapter of the 30-year-old Nashville Cable. Visit to learn more.

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