Five Athens State Students Receive WEDC Scholarships

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We are pleased to announce that five Athens State Students have been chosen to receive scholarships from the Women’s Economic Development Council (WEDC). The recipients include:

  • Alexis Bellman – Elementary Education
  • Charnee Anderson – Management
  • Emily Deem-Mannon – Healthcare Management
  • Jennifer Brooks – Early Childhood Education
  • Lauren Sontay – Accounting

The WEDC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit located in Huntsville, Alabama. Their goal is to empower women in North Alabama to achieve their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families by investing in their pursuit of higher education through mentoring, financial assistance, and professional development.

In its first year, the WEDC Foundation celebrated with one scholar. As of August 2021 that number has risen to over 190 scholars benefiting from the WEDC Foundation program.  

Congratulations to these outstanding young women! To view the full list of WEDC scholars, visit

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