Ten Bay Area high school juniors awarded scholarships
for outstanding achievement
TAMPA, Florida – April 7, 2016 − Ten high school juniors from throughout Hillsborough County were named by Athena Society as the 2016 “Dr. Sylvia Richardson Young Women of Promise.”
The winners, recognized at a luncheon April 7 at the Centre Club, received $5,000 divided equally among each of them to help advance their education.
Athena Society is an organization of Tampa Bay professional women committed to promoting equality and opportunity for women. The late Sylvia Richardson, a physician educator and Athena member, was longtime chairman of the awards and was responsible for nurturing the program and promoting the advantages it brings to young women in advancing education in their fields of interest.
The honorees include:
Marcella Benner, 17 Joe E. Newsome High School
Meghana Bhimreddy, 16 Hillsborough High School
Mary Deschler, 17 Steinbrenner High School
Elizabeth Dolan, 17 The Academy of Holy Names
Erin Hanson, 17 Earl J. Lennard High School
Alexi Longo, 17 Sickles High School
Gillian Minnehan,16 H B Plant High School
April Olson, 16 Wharton High Schools
Heta Patel, 16 C. Leon King High School
Mira Rajani, 17 Berkeley Preparatory School
“Young Women of Promise,” an annual Athena-sponsored scholarship program, began in 1981 to honor high school juniors who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship and leadership in the community. The winners are selected from a field of nominations submitted by guidance counselors from public and private high schools throughout the County.
They are chosen from among high school juniors to demonstrate their achievements to their prospective colleges. “Recognition like this in their junior year puts each in a better position to advance through the college application process in their senior year,” said Mindy McLaughlin, Athena member and Young Women of Promise Co-Chairperson.
“We find that the honorees often establish a bond at this event, and encourage one another over the years” she said. “Alumnae honorees also stay in touch with Athena, so we see the progress they make in accomplishing goals they set during their high school years, which reaffirms to us the value of this program for young women in our county.”
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The Athena Society is an organization of Tampa Bay professional women who have demonstrated leadership in the community and committed themselves to promote equality and opportunity for women. Started in 1976 to support passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, it remains true to its shared purpose today.