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The Alliance Chamber of Commerce, located in Alliance, Ohio, has been a staple in the community for over 100 years, providing leadership to its members, protecting their interests while promoting their businesses.

With a membership totaling over 400, the Chamber's tradition of community leadership continues strong into the 21st century.

**ATHENA SCHOLARSHIP NEWS**

With generous support from the Alliance community, the Athena Scholarship Fund was established in 2013 by the Woman of the Year and Athena award recipients. In collaboration with the Alliance Chamber of Commerce, a charitable fund agreement was set up with the Greater Alliance Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. Based on the same criteria as the Athena award, the scholarship is presented to a female graduating senior who exemplifies community service, academic achievement and leadership potential. The honoree must reside within Alliance City, Marlington Local, Sebring or West Branch Local School Districts, and must attend and anticipate graduation from one of those schools or from St. Thomas Aquinas.

The first scholarship was awarded in 2014 to Alexandrea Garrett, a West Branch senior who is attending Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED.) The 2015 scholarship recipient was Alexis Austin, an Alliance High School senior who is studying pediatric nursing at Capital University. In 2016, the award was given to Alyssa Powers, a Marlington senior. She is studying organizational psychology and business at the University of Akron. The scholarship is paid directly from the Greater Alliance Foundation to the college, university, or other educational institution in which the recipient is enrolled. Celebrate with us at the upcoming chamber annual dinner, when the next Athena Scholarship recipient will be announced.

It is hoped that this scholarship, awarded annually, will continue in perpetuity. Please consider this worthwhile initiative in your charitable giving. Your tax deductible check is payable to the Greater Alliance Foundation. Write "Athena Scholarship" on the memo line and mail the check to the Foundation office: 960 W State Street, Alliance, OH 44601. Or simply go to: www.greateralliancefoundation.org and donate online. Be sure to designate "Athena Scholarship." Your donation can be in honor of, or in memory of, a significant woman in your life, your grandmother or mother, a sister or daughter, perhaps a special teacher or mentor.

With sincere gratitude for your past support and your support now!

Woman of the Year/Athena Scholarship committee

Chamber News & Upcoming Events

Dr. W. Richard Merriman Jr., President of the University of Mount Union to Speak at the 2017 Chamber Annual Dinner

Dr. W. Richard Merriman, Jr. serves as Mount Union's 12th president, a position he began in July 2015 following the conclusion of a six-month nationwide search and the unanimous approval of the Board of Trustees.

Dick Merriman's professional background is rich with experience in higher education leadership. Prior to joining the Mount Union community, he served for 17 years as president of Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas.

During his service at Southwestern, a private, United Methodist Church-affiliated institution of about 1,700 students, Merriman guided the college through a period of significant growth in enrollment, scope, and mission, transforming Southwestern into a strong comprehensive institution that serves both traditional-age students and adults. The college offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degrees and provides instruction in face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats that meet the needs of many kinds of students.

A native of Kansas, Dick earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in social science from Emporia State University and a Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University. He has worked for almost 30 years in private higher education, including nine years on the advancement team at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York and two years as a faculty member at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. Outside higher education, he was executive director of the Jefferson Foundation and a program officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities, both in Washington, DC.

Dick is a member of the Board of Directors of Ohio Campus Compact, an organization that encourages civic engagement and service learning for college students. He will become the Board's Chair this summer. He is currently Chair of the council of presidents of the Ohio Athletic Conference. He is a member of the Boards of Directors of Alliance Area Development and the Stark Development Board, and is a member of the Economic Development Committee of the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce.

Dick is married to Margot Kelman, who holds a Ph.D. in communication sciences and disorders and is a speech-language pathologist. Margot is currently the Board chair for the Early Childhood Education Alliance. Dick and Margot are the parents of two sons. Ben is married to Sarah Wilson and is a professor of public administration at the University of Kansas. Aaron is currently a sophomore at the University of Mount Union.

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