Selected as the 2014 recipient of the fifth annual Athena Award for Continuing Education, HWS Health Promotions Administrator Tempe Newson ’11 was recently featured in the Finger Lakes Times for receiving the honor.
The award, which was founded in 2009, is given to one woman each year who “demonstrates the qualities promoted by the Athena International program of excellence, creativity and initiative in her professions, valuable service of time and energy to her community and assistance to other women in reaching their full potential,” the article notes.
“I am very honored to be chosen as this year’s scholarship recipient and am extremely grateful to the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce for supporting me in my education,” Newson says. “Geneva has become my home and it means a lot to me to remain an active member of this supportive and generous community.”
The $2,500 Athena scholarship will help Newson as she pursues a master’s degree in higher education administration at the University of Rochester. Dr. Jane McCaffrey, president of the Athena ACE Scholarship Board, told the Finger Lakes Times, “We are proud to be able to provide a scholarship supporting women in our community dedicated to advancing their education and embodying the ideals of Athena.”
At HWS, Newson received her B.A. in psychology, as well as her New York State dual certification in Childhood and Students with Disabilities. She also was a four-year member of the varsity field hockey team.
The full article from the Finger Lakes Times follows:
Finger Lakes Times
HWS grad receives Athena continuing education award
David L. Shaw • August 18, 2014
GENEVA – Tempe Newson of Geneva has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the fifth annual Athena Award for Continuing Education.
The $2,500 scholarship was announced by the Athena ACE Scholarship Association and the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce’s Athena Committee.
The award is for a woman who demonstrates the qualities promoted by the Athena International program of excellence, creativity and initiative in her profession, valuable service of time and energy to her community and assistance to other women in reaching their full potential.
Newson is a 2011 William Smith College graduate who is pursuing a master’s degree in higher education administration at the University of Rochester.
She is currently working at Hobart and William Smith Colleges as the health promotions coordinator. She was trained as a sexual assault advocate and volunteer through Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes. She also teaches a personal empowerment course.
Dr. Jane McCaffrey is president of the Athena ACE Scholarship Board.
“We are proud to be able to provide a scholarship supporting women in our community dedicated to advancing their education and embodying the ideals of Athena,” McCaffrey said.
“Ms. Newson is a wonderful young professional and joins several other past ACE recipients in reflecting a commitment to others and to our community,” McCaffrey said.
The Athena ACE Award was begun in 2009 and is made possible by the generosity of several individual supporters. Other board members are Mickey Gilbert-Schultz, treasurer; Mary Luckern, secretary; and members Abigail Linsner, Kim Seidel and Lara Chatal Turbide.
The annual scholarship is open to women at least 25 years of age who live in eastern Ontario, Seneca or Yates counties enrolled in an educational program, whether college, certification or training program necessary for her to advance her career or pursue her stated goal.
To learn more or to make a tax-deductible contribution toward future scholarships, people may contact a board member or send an email to athenagenevaACE @gmail.com.