2017 ATHENA Award and Win Scholarship

The ATHENA Award was inspired by the goddess of Greek mythology known for her strength, courage, wisdom and enlightenment—qualities embodied in the ATHENA Leadership Model. The Award is unique in both scope---local, national and international---and the ATHENA mission upon which it is based. The ATHENA Leadership Award is presented to an individual who is honored for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.

The ATHENA Leadership Award is presented to an individual who is honored for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.

The ATHENA Young Professional Award is presented to an individual under the age of 40 who is honored as an emerging leader who demonstrates excellence, creativity, and initiative in their profession.

The WIN Scholarship is open to women who live and/or work in the Kankakee County area, are going back to college to retrain, complete a degree or certificate program, improve skills needed in the workplace, or complete an advanced degree. Applications are available on the WIN webpage, the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce website, at Kankakee Community College, Governor’s State University and Olivet Nazarene University or by contacting the WIN committee. Funds for the WIN Scholarship come from private donations and from fund-raising activities conducted by the WIN committee. WIN Scholarship funds are invested with the Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley.

Previous nominees but not previous recipients may be nominated. To learn more about ATHENA, please visit www.athenainternational.org.


Nominations for the Athena Award have been closed. Awards will be handed out at the Leading Ladies Luncheon on November 16th.

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Previous Winners

  • Dr. Jill Bowling – 2016
  • Dr. Kay Green – 2014
  • Carol Braford – 2010
  • Beth Brosseau – 2009
  • Dotty Lagesse – 2008
  • Tinker Parker – 2007
  • Jeff Hammes – 2006
  • Brenda Randazzo – 2005
  • Pam Dunlap – 2004
  • Yvonne Chalfant – 2003
  • Toby Olszewski – 2002
  • Glendal Kilbride – 2001
  • Gwen Hopkins – 2000
  • Brenda Baird – 1999
  • Claire McElroy – 1998
  • Kay Green – 1997
  • Peggy Sue Munday – 1996
  • Mary Thomson – 1995
  • Trudy Dickinson – 1994
  • Wilma Reuter – 1993
  • Maggie Frogge – 1992
  • Connie Ashline – 1991
  • SueAnn O'Connor – 1990
  • Terri Hult – 1989
  • Jane Schriefer – 988
  • Peggy Shutter – 1987

Past ATHENA Young Professional Award Winner

  • Rebecca Schatz – 2015

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