New scholarship honors Athens Tech Foundation Chair

A scholarship at Athens Technical College will be named in honor of Phil Bettendorf: the long-time Athens banking executive who has served as chairman of the Athens Tech Foundation. 

From the Athens Tech website…

The Athens Tech Foundation has honored the service of Phil Bettendorf by naming a new scholarship in his honor. The Phil Bettendorf Business and Education Scholarship will provide financial assistance to students within the Business and Education Division at Athens Technical College. The scholarship will support students in the following programs of study:

Accounting, Applied Technical Management, Business Management, Business Technology, Computer Support Specialist, Consumer Economics, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Care and Education, Hotel Restaurant and Tourism Management, Interior Design, Marketing Management, Networking Specialist, Paralegal Studies, and Social Work Assistant.

Over his tenure as Foundation Chairman, the Athens Tech Foundation (ATF) has grown to have over $40,000 available for scholarships each semester.

Dr. Andrea Daniel, President of Athens Technical College, stated "Phil Bettendorf has served in an exceptional manner as the Chair of the Athens Tech Foundation Board. I greatly appreciate the exemplary leadership that Chairperson Bettendorf has provided to support the students and mission of workforce development at Athens Technical College."

Phil Bettendorf joined Synovus in 1994 after a decade in the banking industry. Over the years his responsibilities have included branch operations, business banking, retail banking, strategic planning and facilities management.

Phil is a twice named Synovus Chairman’s Award recipient; in 2016 he was named the William B. Turner Humanitarian of the Year and in 2019 was the recipient of the James H. Blanchard Leadership Award. These awards are presented to one individual across the Synovus-wide footprint.

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