ATHENA Nontraditional Scholarship


ATHENA Scholarship

Rutherford ATHENA Award Program Announces Patrons
Nontraditional Scholarship For 2023

Rutherford ATHENA Award Program will bestow a scholarship during the 2023 ATHENA award ceremony on Friday May 12th, 2023, at the MTSU Student Union Ballroom in Murfreesboro, TN. In celebration of the Rutherford ATHENA Awards Program tenth year existence, the program will be awarding up to $10,000 in scholarship money to deserving women returning to school later in life.

The ATHENA Non-Traditional Scholarship” will be awarded to a Rutherford County woman who is pursuing an associate or bachelor’s degree later in life. See official rules on Among other requirements; each applicant must complete a 300-word essay describing how they have embodied ATHENA’s characteristics of wisdom, strength, and justice in their own life and endeavors.

Applications, essays, and all required information must be uploaded and submitted online by March 17th, 2023.


Applicant Eligibility Requirements

  • Female
  • Be a graduate of any high school or have earned a GED
  • Have been out of high school five years or longer
  • Be a student in or an applicant for admission to any associates or bachelor’s degree program
  • Have letter verifying enrollment or completed admission process no later than March 17th, 2023
  • Scholarship recipient will be notified on March 27th, 2023. Recipient will be invited as a special guest to the Patron’s Society Reception held at Pinnacle Financial Partners on April 13th, 2023 and will be recognized at the ATHENA Award Program Luncheon on May 12th, 2023.

Application Process

The application and copies of all of the documents listed below must be submitted electronically by March 17th, 2023 before the application will be considered complete.

To complete the application, four (4) documents must be submitted to
1. Two letters of reference on official stationery focusing on academic potential, leadership abilities, need, and worthiness of student may be a) A former teacher or supervisor or b) A person who is familiar with the student’s potential to be successful in a program of higher education. Have them send directly to
2. A copy of high school transcript. If you have attended college previously, a copy of your college transcript
3. A copy of the letter from the college or school verifying completion of application materials or admission no later than March 17th, 2023

Applications received after March 17th, 2023 will not eligible for consideration.
All questions should be addressed to Shan Edmondson at

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2022 Rutherford ATHENA Scholarship Recipient $3000 to Khadijah Alnassari

To apply for the 2022 ATHENA Scholarship, please follow the link below to complete your application

Deadline to apply is March 31, 2021

If you have any questions or need help with your application, please contact Athena scholarship chair, Shan Edmondson, at

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2022 ATHENA Sponsors

For more information about the Rutherford ATHENA Award® Program, please contact Lori Cutler, 2022 ATHENA Chair, at
For more information on the ATHENA International Leadership Award, please visit