Cessidia DeBiasioCessidia DeBiasio is one of two UWindsor students to receive the 2017 Athena Scholarship for community involvement, leadership potential, and academic excellence.

Luncheon to honour local young scholars

Two UWindsor students are among three scholarship recipients who will be honoured at a luncheon Friday, November 3, by the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce.

MSW/JD student Lacy Carty and business major Cessidia DeBiasio join St. Clair College student Victoria Chlumecky in claiming the $5,000 Athena Scholarship, which rewards  community involvement, potential for leadership, academic excellence, and inspiring women to reach their full potential.

Guest speaker Bethany Toldo, president of Mahle Filter Systems North America will deliver a presentation entitled “Learning to be Ourselves.”

Carty (pictured at right) is the founder of Voices: Speaking Out and Standing Up and the Windsor chapter of Black Lives Matter. Her volunteer commitments include the UWindsor Changing the Odds Program, Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor (WEST), Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society, Hiatus House, and the Windsor-Essex Regional Youth Council.

DeBiasio established a scholarship for UWindsor students who are first- or second-generation Canadians to acknowledge the efforts of her family and other newcomers to Windsor and Essex County. She received the Canada 150 Award of Distinction from her hometown of Amherstburg.

Chlumecky is pursuing studies in the college’s Police Foundations program.

Next week’s luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m. at the Caboto Club. Admission is $40, with a student rate of $30. For tickets, phone the chamber at 519-966-3696 or register on its website.