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, we are offering informational sessions about the program's requirements and opportunities on:
1. Friday, January 30 at 11am, 302 Barnard Hall
2. Tuesday, February 10 at 7pm, 409 Barnard Hall
3. Wednesday, February 25 at 6pm, 302 Barnard Hall
4. Monday, March 9 at 7pm, 302 Barnard Hall
These informational sessions are for first years and sophmores. In order to join the Athena Scholars Program, you must attend an informational session.