Athena Foundation 501(c)(3)

Providing Pinnacle Scholarships for the STEM Leaders of Tomorrow

Athena is committed to fostering the professional development for women in STEM today and well into the future.

In order to support the young leaders, the Athena Foundation was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to award scholarships to five deserving high school senior women within San Diego County who demonstrate exemplary skills in science and technology. Chosen from over hundreds of applications, these outstanding young women are presented with scholarships each year at our Pinnacle Awards gala. Athena has granted 92 scholarships over 18 years, totaling nearly $550,000 through Athena's Scholarship Fund.

The Foundation is overseen by an active Board of Directors comprised of Athena members and former Directors who are committed to nurturing and supporting the next generation of women leaders in science, math and technology. This Board establishes the fundraising strategy, maintains the integrity of the Scholarship Awards and ensures that the scholarship recipients continue on their designated path of study in math, science or engineering.

A representative of the Foundation also sits on the Athena Board of Directors, which oversees Athena Foundation activities.

The Athena Foundation partners with the San Diego Foundation to facilitate the dissemination of the Athena Pinnacle Scholarship Fund. 

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Athena Foundation Leadership

The Athena Foundation is represented by an active Board of Directors comprised of Athena members and former Athena Directors committed to nurturing and supporting the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering and math.

The Foundation Board of Directors establishes fundraising strategy, maintains the integrity of the Pinnacle Scholarship Awards, and ensures the scholarship recipients are continuing on their designated path of study in STEM. A representative of the Athena Foundation also sits on the Athena Board of Directors. 

Athena Foundation Board Officers  

President

Lynne Friedmann

Principal,
Friedmann Communications

Treasurer

Sue Ebner

Principal,
Ebner Consults

Athena Foundation Board of Directors

Helen Adams

Managing Partner,
Haskell & White

June Chocheles

President,
Chocheles Consulting Group

Brenda Gebler

Principal,
Gebler Consulting Group

Vicki Marion

President,
The Marion Group

Amy Romaker

Director of Client Service,
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

 Gwen Rosenberg

Vice President of Global Corporate Communications, 
Integrated DNA Technologies

Sara Zaknoen

Strategic Oncology Drug Development Consultant, 

Zed Strategic Consulting