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Owens Community College and Perrysburg Rotary Offer Joint Scholarships to Penta Career Center Grads

Continuing in the mission of providing students the opportunity to pursue higher education aspirations, Owens State Community College Foundation Inc. and the Perrysburg Rotary Club have partnered to offer $4,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors of Penta Career Center participating in Students Taking a Renewed interest in the Value of Education (STRIVE) program.

The Owens State Community College Foundation Inc. will offer matching funds of $500 to each STRIVE program scholarship recipient who chooses to attend Owens. The Perrysburg Rotary Club, through its Service Foundation, offers four $500 scholarships to STRIVE participants who exemplify academic excellence.

Established during the 2001-2002 academic year at Penta, the STRIVE program is designed to encourage high school seniors to improve their grades, attitude and attendance during their senior year. This past year, 13 students completed the program and graduated from Penta.

"Owens Community College appreciates the commitment the Perrysburg Rotary Club has made to higher education and students of this College," said Gary Dettling, Owens Vice President of College Advancement.

The recipient of the first joint $1,000 scholarship award is Ashley Colombo of Walbridge. The 2002 Lake High School graduate participated in the administrative assistant program at Penta Career Center and will attend Owens in the Fall 2002.

"We are looking forward to a strong partnership with Owens Community College," said Walter Celley, Chairman of the Youth Services/Projects Committee for the Perrysburg Rotary Club. "The STRIVE program is a long term commitment by the Perrysburg Rotary Club, Owens Community College and Penta Career Center to supporting education and opportunity in the communities we service."

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing community college of its size in the nation. On the Toledo-area and Findlay campuses, Owens serves more than 36,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for entry-level college students in Northwest Ohio. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 140 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.

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