I believe that it is important for all of us to give back to our community. That's why I contribute to the Annual Giving Campaign each year.
My contributions generally have gone to support two areas: scholarships and campus operations. Years ago I was given a scholarship. I had a great opportunity, but didn't take advantage of it at the time, and I regret it. Now I have the ability to help others and I am happy to do so since many of our students wouldn't be able to afford college without financial help.
Some of my contributions have been used to purchase and plant trees on the Findlay campus, providing a beautiful, welcoming atmosphere for the students. This is something that is near and dear to my heart.
Please join me in supporting the Employee Giving Campaign, and in making a difference in the lives of our students.
Tom Green, Supervisor, Grounds
I've always believed that it is important to give back to my place of employment. Here at Owens, I choose to donate to the Margaret "Margy" Matthews Endowed Scholarship Fund. In 2003, the Teacher Education Department started an Endowed Scholarship Fund to honor Margy's memory. Margy was a graduate of Owens who became a prominent member of the early childhood education community in Northwest Ohio. She always spoke fondly of the educational experience she had at Owens. As a frequent guest speaker in education classes, she described the unexpected path her professional career took after she graduated, including many doors that her Owens education had opened to her.
We felt it was important to establish an endowed fund to award an annual scholarship rather than a one-time scholarship and have steadily grown that fund since 2003. In 2010, we were thrilled to award our very first scholarship to an early childhood education student! By donating to the scholarship fund, I am helping the next generation of early childhood educators achieve their dreams.
I believe that is important for each of us to give back Owens - whether it is by supporting the programs and operations of the College or by supporting student scholarships.
Deborah Ciecka, Chair, Teacher Education and Human Services