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Three UWindsor women honoured as Athena scholars

Three members of the University of Windsor community are among the women being honoured as this year’s ATHENA Scholarship recipients.  

Selection criteria for the ATHENA Scholarship Program, valued at $5,000 each, include academic excellence; enhancement of the quality of life in the community; mentoring others; leadership and team building; and diversity.

New this year is an additional $5,000 scholarship in honour of Loretta Stoyka, President of the ATHENA Scholarship Fund (Windsor), for a student in the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Law.

University of Windsor scholarship winners are:

Tara Chan, who has maintained a solid academic record while passionately helping others in the community in various leadership and mentorship roles. In 2014, she graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. This year, she completed her combined Law (JD) and MBA degree at Windsor Law

Chan’s mentorship activities include involvement in the peer mentorship program at Windsor Law. Her community involvement includes volunteering as a litigator with Community Legal Aid, and as a deputy divisional superintendent with St. John Ambulance. She intends to pursue a career as an employment lawyer and is committed to serving her community while representing the values of ATHENA that reflect gender and visible minorities.

Paige Coyne excels academically while serving as a student leader and mentor. She received a Bachelor of Human Kinetics (honours) in 2017, and a Master of Human Kinetics in 2019 from the University of Windsor. She is currently a UWindsor PhD candidate in kinesiology.

Her passion to make a difference in the lives of women includes service as a Board Member of Leadership Advancement for Women in Sport (LAWS) at the University of Windsor. She also contributes to improving the confidence and self-image of female students by her involvement in the Girls in Motion event; Healthy Kids Community Challenge; and Windsor’s Fitspirit Celebration. Coyne aspires to be a college or university professor and focus on community-based project research.

Celina DeBiasio has maintained academic excellence as an advocate for women’s health. She graduated from the University of Windsor in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science (Honours, With Great Distinction) in biochemistry, and recently completed her second year in the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) program at the University of Ottawa.

Her leadership and community involvement include her role as co-founder and co-leader of the Ottawa Chapter of the Student-Senior Isolation Prevention Partnership to reduce social isolation of Ottawa seniors.

DeBiasio is a student mentor and student leader of the Vertical Mentorship Group at the University of Ottawa. Her commitment to diversity includes membership in the Indigenous Health Interest Group, and Women’s Health Interest Group in Ottawa. She is looking forward to a career as a health care provider and making a positive impact in her community.

Though recipients will receive their scholarship cheques this year as scheduled, the 2020 ATHENA Scholarship Luncheon will be postponed and held in combination with the 2021 luncheon on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at St. Clair College Centre for the Arts. 2020 recipients, along with their families and guests, will be invited to join and be recognized at the 2021 luncheon, where University of Windsor Chancellor, Mary Jo Haddad will be the guest speaker.