ATHENA Nontraditional Scholarship


ATHENA Nontraditional Scholarship

The ATHENA Nontraditional Scholarship is awarded to a Rutherford County woman who is pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree later in life. This $3,000 scholarship is offered through the generous support of the ATHENA Patrons Society.

Monica McKinny (left), a student at Middle Tennessee State University pursuing a degree in history with a minor in education, was awarded the $3,000 2018 ATHENA Nontraditional Scholarship.

Through the generous support of ATHENA nominee Retta Gardner, a second scholarship in the amount of $1,000 was awarded to Rebecca Campbell (right), a physical education major at MTSU.

McKinny and Campbell are shown with ATHENA keynote speaker Holly Thompson, co-anchor of WSMV News 4 Today and anchor of News 4 at Noon.

“It is so gratifying to know that both of our scholarship recipients intend to be educators,” said ATHENA 2018 Chair Natalie Hughes.  “What better way to salute the ATHENA principles of learning and giving back.”

Applicant Eligibility Requirements

  • Female
  • Permanent resident of Rutherford County
  • Graduated high school or completed GED at least five years ago
  • Student in or an applicant for admission to any associate’s or bachelor’s degree program
  • Previous recipients are not eligible for the ATHENA Nontraditional Scholarship.

Application Process

In addition to the application form itself, four (4) documents must be submitted:

Two letters of reference on official stationery focusing on academic potential, leadership abilities, need, and worthiness of student written by a) a former teacher or supervisor or b) a non-relative who is familiar with the student’s potential to be successful in a higher education program of study.

A copy of your high school transcript. If you have attended college previously, a copy of your college transcript, as well, and a copy of your high school diploma or GED certificate.

A copy of a letter from the college or school verifying your completion of application materials and/or admission.

To apply for the 2020 ATHENA Scholarship, please follow the link below to complete your application

If you have any questions or need help with your application, please contact Tosha Price, Patrons & Scholarship Chair, at

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