Using an innovative, interdisciplinary approach that combines rigorous academic and experiential study, the Athena Scholars Program helps Barnard women prepare to assume positions of leadership at the highest levels of achievement. The program nurtures leaders in all fields of human endeavor.
Through a three-part program that connects leadership theory and action, scholars learn how to take an active role within their own lives and make informed and strategic decisions that reflect their personal and professional aspirations. A student who completes all three of the program components will receive recognition on her transcript indicating her standing as an Athena Leadership Scholar.
Studying in disciplines from the social sciences to the humanities to STEM fields, Athena scholars hold a wide variety of leadership positions on campus as class officers, elected leaders in student government, resident advisors and in a multitude of student organizations at Barnard and Columbia. The majority of our students hold school-year and summer internships, and many also volunteer their time at social justice organizations across the city. They are a diverse group by race, class, national origin, and sexual preference. Currently, over 40% of Scholars identify as students of color or international students, significantly higher than the Barnard population as a whole.
The Athena Scholars Program hosts a series of events for Scholars throughout the year, including Scholar-Faculty dinners, a major mixer, and leadership retreats. Scholars also receive priority at all Athena events, ranging from special access to the Athena Film Festival to Athena TEDx to Athena Power Talks.
If you are interested in joining the Athena Scholars Program, a member of the Athena Student Advisory Board will be happy to meet with you to discuss the Program's requirements as well as its opportunities. To sign up for an appointment through Google Calendar, please click here. All appointments must be made with more than 24 hours notice. When you sign up, your name is automatically filled in (do not erase). Please include your email in the description box. Someone from the Advisory Board will contact you 1-2 days beforehand to confirm your meeting time and place.
All Barnard students in their first and second year are eligible to join the Scholars Program. Junior year transfer students interested in joining the program should contact Dr. Abigail Sara Lewis directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.