Two St. Clairians Named ATHENA Winners

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ATHENA Scholarship recipients, left to right, Kiara Clement, Jessica Glazewski and Katherine Hirsch.

With Material Contributed by the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce

The ATHENA Scholarship Fund (Windsor) and the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted the 20th Annual ATHENA Scholarship Luncheon on November 1 at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts – and two of the three recipients were grads of the college.

Receiving their ATHENA Scholarship Awards were Kiara Clement, Jessica Glazewski and Katherine Hirsch.

Kiara Clement not only excels academically, but also passionately helps others in the community in various leadership and mentorship roles. This spring, she graduated from St. Clair with a Protection, Security and Investigation diploma with Academic Distinction, and was the recipient of the 2019 Student Leadership Medal. She is currently President of the Student Representative Council (SRC) for the 2019-20 academic year. Kiara’s leadership activities include: Member and Chair of the Leamington Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee, SRC Vice-President of Student Affairs in 2018-19, and Student Representative on the college’s Board of Governors (2018-19). Her community involvement includes volunteering with Crime Stoppers and The Bridge - Leamington’s Youth Resource Centre, and she is currently a member of the RCMP National Youth Advisory Committee. She is the recipient of the 2018 Leamington Chamber of Commerce “Youth Excellence Award”, and the 2017 OPP Community Award. Kiara’s career goal is to become a police officer and role model for youth. She aspires to represent the ATHENA values, pursuing her passion by giving back to her community, and to mentor young women in achieving leadership success.

Jessica Glazewski combines a solid academic record with strong leadership and mentoring in community activism. In 2018, she graduated from the University of Windsor with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree with Distinction in Psychology and Criminology. This year, she graduated from the Child and Youth Care-Accelerated program at the St. Clair’s Chatham Campus with Academic Distinction. Jessica’s passion for community involvement includes her past roles as a University of Windsor Bystander Initiative Peer Mentor, a Member of The Downtown Mission Advocacy and Outreach Team, and as a University of Windsor Walk Safe Volunteer and Committee Member. Currently as Bystander Initiative Campus Outreach Assistant and Research Assistant for Feminist Research on Violence Against Women at the university, Jessica shares passion for women’s issues including the prevention of sexual violence. Her career goal is to become a certified art therapist or social worker to assist survivors of sexual violence, and to create a primary prevention program for youth in our community. Jessica’s passion about making a difference in her community exemplifies ATHENA leadership.

Katherine Hirsch has maintained outstanding academic excellence while serving as a student leader and mentor for young girls in sports around the world. In 2017, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology with Honours from Furman University, South Carolina. This spring, she completed her University of Windsor Master of Human Kinetics Degree, with a focus in sport and exercise psychology. Katherine is currently in her first year as a Ph.D. student in Kinesiology at the University of Windsor, learning various ways she can impact and empower female athletes through sport. Her leadership accomplishments include serving as Founder and President (April 2018–present) of the University of Windsor Kinesiology Graduate Student Association, and Co-Founder and Facilitator of the HEALTHY Body Image program delivered to female youth athletes in Windsor. Katherine’s career goal is to be a professor of sport and exercise psychology. Dr. Linda McKay, in whose memory this ATHENA scholarship is named, would be very proud of this outstanding student leader and female role model.

Selection criteria for this scholarship program include community involvement, potential for leadership, academic excellence and inspiring women to reach their full potential. The scholarships are valued at $5,000 each. The recipients were on hand to make a brief presentation about their educational experience and career aspirations.

According to Loretta Stoyka, President of the ATHENA Scholarship Fund (Windsor), this scholarship program is in keeping with the ATHENA philosophy. It maintains that by elevating people with potential and solid values, they will be exceptional role models. It is believed that, by example, others will be inspired to achieve excellence. Windsor is at the forefront of the scholarship program, and continues to make improvements to the opportunity each year.

The guest speaker for this year’s luncheon, Canadian Senator Gwen Boniface, made a guest presentation entitled “A Look at Leadership through the Rear View Window”.

The ATHENA Scholarship Program is sponsored by St. Clair College, the University of Windsor, Windsor Family Credit Union, Anne Winterbottom, Loris Macor, Rotary Club of Windsor (1918), Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Rotary Club of Windsor-St. Clair, Generator Design, Roth, Mosey & Partners LLP, Empire Communications, Caesars Windsor Cares, Marcel’s Collision, and the Toldo Foundation. Media sponsors are AM800 CKLW, YourTv, CTV Windsor and The Windsor Star.