Thousands of dollars in new scholarships for area high school graduates were announced today by the Owens Community College Board of Trustees. Meeting at the College's Toledo-area Campus, the Trustees created the Owens Community College Trustees' Merit Scholarship program which offers a $2,000, two-year scholarship to one graduating senior from approximately 47 high schools in the College's Legal District. As part of the program, the Trustees allotted funds for seven additional Merit Scholarships which will be awarded to students from high schools outside the College's Legal District, but within its Service Area. The Trustees' Merit Scholarship replaces the College's former Academic Scholarship program.
"Owens Community College is about providing access to a high quality college education," says Board Chair R J Molter. "The Trustees feel this new scholarship program is an excellent way to enhance access and further demonstrates our commitment to serving the needs of this community."
The Trustees approved a resolution authorizing Owens President Daniel H. Brown to make the final selection of an architect for the College's planned $7.5 million Student Health and Activities Center. President Brown reported that reviews of many architects were conducted in the last few weeks with the State Department of Administrative Services and Owens personnel. Currently, the final list remains at three - Sitzenstock/Associates, Inc., SSOE Studios and The Collaborative Inc. The Student Health and Activities Center will include a Fitness Center, Food Court and Performance Center/Gym. The Center will provide students with a facility that will meet fitness needs with health and physical education courses as well as a place for student activities, student organizations, commencement, athletic events, student development staff offices and more. The College's current student activities facility, Alumni Hall, was built in 1975.
In other business, Dr. Frank Babcock, Executive Director of Student Development, presented Trustees with a final report on Spring Semester 1998 enrollment. According to Dr. Babcock, the College's total Spring Semester enrollment is 12,204, an increase of 14 percent. Toledo-area Campus enrollment is 10,662, up from 9,160 last spring semester. Findlay Campus enrollment is 1,542, compared to 1,539 last spring.
The Trustees also elected officers for 1998 with R J Molter, semiretired pharmacist and former owner of M & M Pharmacy, Woodville, selected as Chair. Douglas Foxx, Executive Vice President of Fifth Third Bank of Northwestern Ohio, was elected Vice Chair.
The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held on April 21 at 12:45 p.m.