The Marion Women’s Business Council created this scholarship fund in 2017 from member contributions to support future women in business. The WBC, as an organization, exists to “inspire women to reach their full potential through mentoring, networking, education, and recognition.” This professional organization began in 1994 to foster and promote self-employed entrepreneurial women and women working in the corporate environment throughout the greater Marion area. Marion’s Women’s Business Council is one of a select number of cities to present The Athena Award of excellence in leadership to a woman of distinction each year. This national honor recognizes a business and professional woman who has demonstrated her passion to help other women reach their goals in business or community leadership.
The Women’s Business Council Scholarship Fund annually awards a scholarship to a female student from a Marion County high school pursuing studies in business, finance, economics, marketing, management, advertising, accounting, human resources, or entrepreneurship.