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Published 4/23/03
Owens Community College and NBC 24
Provide Free College Education Through New Partnership

Owens Community College and WNWO-TV NBC 24 Toledo are entering into a unique partnership, initiating a scholarship contest, which will culminate in awarding free college education for two area residents. The scholarship contest will award a grand-prize winner one year of free tuition to Owens, while the individual who finishes in second-place will receive one semester of free tuition.

"Owens Community College is able to extend this incredible opportunity to potential students because of its strong relationship with NBC 24," said Jennifer Fehnrich, Owens Director of Public Relations and Marketing. "This contest is possible due to the College’s continued efforts to further collaborate and build upon its community partnerships. Thanks to the support of NBC 24, students will be able to experience a quality education at Owens Community College."

Individuals can enter the contest either by logging on to www.nbc24.com or www.owens.edu, clicking on "Who wants free tuition?" and answering a series of five questions. All entries must be received by Friday, May 16 at 11 a.m.

"NBC 24 is excited to be a partner with Owens Community College on this free tuition contest," said Kelly McCullough, Local Sales Manager for NBC 24. "We are confident this will be a very successful campaign, affording two students the opportunity to pursue their educational aspirations at Owens."

Applicants answering all five questions correctly will be entered into a drawing in which five semi-finalists will be chosen at random. The semi-finalists will be notified by telephone by an NBC 24 representative and announced to the public during an on-air interview. To determine the grand-prize winner, the five randomly selected semi-finalists then will compete in a game show that will be televised by NBC 24 on Thursday, May 29 from 7–7:30 p.m.

One grand-prize winner will be awarded one year of free tuition to Owens, while the individual finishing in second-place will receive one semester of free tuition. All five semi-finalists competing in the contest will receive a $100 gift certificate to the College’s Bookstore. The contest is open to Ohio and Michigan residents 16 years of age or older.

"Owens Community College is committed to providing current and future students with the maximum amount of choices to fund their college education," said Gary Dettling, Owens Vice President of College Advancement. "We are always looking for new and unique ways of opening doors through scholarships to enhance the educational opportunities for students to achieve success."

During the 2002-2003 academic year, Owens has awarded over $19 million in financial assistance to support the educational needs of students. Recently, Owens State Community College Foundation Inc. awarded 128 scholarships in the amount of $81,700 to students exemplifying academic excellence and leadership. The College’s Board of Trustees also provides more than $92,000 in scholarships to 92 students through its Academic Excellence Program.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 24 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, 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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