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Scholarships

Athena Study Abroad now offers several types of scholarships, rewarding students who best possess the qualities Athena values most. In order to be eligible for the scholarships, student must be accepted into an Athena Study Abroad program.

Michele Iavagnilio
Charitable Service Scholarship: $8,000

Available Locations: All Italy Programs
Available Terms: Spring Semester Only
Application Deadline: October 1 October 8

The Iavagnilio Charitable Service Scholarship is designed for the Athena student who can best demonstrate a commitment to and active participation in charitable service in his or her community. Because we at Athena place a very high value on giving back to the world, this scholarship is aimed at rewarding students that have a history of taking initiative to make the world a better place through charitable service.

Michele Iavagnilio was a young man who, through his work at the Cireneo Onlus Foundation, selflessly dedicated his efforts to helping and teaching autistic children everything from the simplest everyday task of tying their shoelaces, to more difficult concepts of expressing emotions or needs. He would even go above and beyond his basic job duties by recycling his old toys to present as gifts to the children to make their lives happier and brighter. Tragically, Michele died at the age of 25 in the devastating earthquake in the Italian city of L'Aquila in April 2009.

In order to apply for this scholarship, each student should submit a reference letter from someone who can attest to the student's roles and contributions to charity work in the community. In addition to the reference letter, the student should submit a resume or essay outlining his/her experience in charitable service.

  • Minimum 2.8 GPA
  • In order to be eligible for the scholarship, the student must be accepted into an Athena spring semester or year-long study abroad program at one of Athena's Italy campuses (Venice, Florence, Rome, or Tuscania)
  • The student will have the opportunity to meet Michele's family during the term abroad.

Semester Application


Marie McKay Global
Citizen Scholarship: $1,000

Available Locations: All Locations
Available Terms: Semesters (Spring, Fall)
Application Deadlines: Fall - June 1; Spring - October 1 October 8

The McKay Global Citizen Scholarship is designed for the Athena student who can best demonstrate an interest in and intention to promote the concept of social justice at a city, state, national, and/or global level. Because students that study abroad become many of our world's future leaders, it is extremely important that these students consider ways to become globally competent citizens. The recipient of this award must demonstrate an initiative to give back to society, an awareness of global community, and an intent to apply the skills and lessons learned abroad to his/her future endeavors.

In order to apply, each student should construct a 500 word essay that outlines his/her interest in social justice and service programs, any previous experience with similar initiatives, as well as a description of how the skills and lessons learned abroad will be applied to future endeavors that will contribute to the betterment of society.

  • No minimum GPA requirement
  • In order to be eligible for the scholarship, student must be accepted into an Athena semester or year-long study abroad program

Semester Application


Vincent I. Benander
Learning Scholarship: $1,000

Available Locations: All Locations
Available Terms: Semesters (Spring, Fall)
Application Deadlines: Fall - June 1; Spring - October 1 October 8

The Benander Academic Scholarship is designed for the Athena student who can best demonstrate a true "love of learning" in his/her major area of study, and superior academic abilities. The recipient of this scholarship can be from any academic discipline, but must be able to show a strong, demonstrated passion and success in his/her field of interest.

In order to apply, each student should construct a 500 word essay that demonstrates a love of learning, academic strengths that extend beyond (but including) the major area of study, a detailed description of the student's future professional endeavors, and a list of extracurricular activities (honor societies, leadership positions, awards, etc.).

  • 3.5 minimum GPA required
  • Junior status or higher
  • In order to be eligible for the scholarship, student must be accepted into an Athena semester or year-long study abroad program

Semester Application


Athena Penny
Scholarship: $250

Available Locations: Rome| Tuscania| Seville

Available Terms: All Terms (Spring, Summer, Fall, January)
Application Deadlines: Fall - June 1; Spring/January - October 1 October 8; Summer - May 1

The Penny Scholarships are available to students studying abroad at specific Athena campuses overseas. For this academic year, students studying at the Rome, Italy, Tuscania, Italyand/or the Seville, Spain campuses are eligible to apply for the Penny Scholarships.

In order to apply, each student should construct a 500 word essay that outlines why he/she has selected the specific program location that they have (Tuscania, Rome or Seville), what unique offerings the student feels the program will offer them, and details about what the student expects to gain from studying at this specific campus and location.

  • No minimum GPA requirement
  • In order to be eligible for the scholarship, student must be accepted into an Athena short-term, semester or year-long study abroad program

Short-Term Application

Semester Application


Short-Term Service
Scholarship: Up to $400

Available Locations: All Locations
Available Terms: Short-Term (Summer, January)
Application Deadlines: Summer - May 1; January Term - October 1 October 8

The Athena Summer Service Scholarship is available to students studying abroad for a summer at any of Athena's campuses overseas. The purpose of this scholarship is to support Athena's mission of creating a service-minded global community.

In order to apply, each student must do the following:

  • Devote a day to a service project of his/her choosing. This can be part of any ongoing service event in which the student might already be involved, or a new endeavor altogether. Athena suggests the following ways for students to find volunteer opportunities:
  • Have a picture taken of himself/herself at the event holding the Athena sign that can be printed with the application form.
  • Submit the photo from part (2), along with a the application form and a 200 word essay explaining what the event was, why the event was chosen, and what was gained from the experience.

No minimum GPA requirement.

In order to be eligible for the scholarship, student must be accepted into an Athena summer study abroad program.

Summer Application


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