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Published 7/10/2003
Owens Community College and 50 Men and Women Honor Local Resident With Academic Scholarship

Terae Chenault Through a collaborative effort, Owens Community College and the 50 Men and Women of Toledo Inc. recently awarded an area high school graduate with a $6,000 scholarship in recognition of outstanding accomplishments. The initial recipient of the Owens Community College Scholarship, through the 50 Men and Women organization, is Terae Chenault of Toledo.

Established in 1983, the 50 Men and Women Scholarships were created to assist minority youth throughout Northwest Ohio in their pursuit of educational aspirations following graduation from high school.

"The collaboration between Owens Community College and the 50 Men and Women has proven to be a very beneficial initiative," said Betty Valentine, Owens Director of Employee Relations and Diversity and a member of the 50 Men and Women Scholarship Committee. "We look forward to continuing our partnership with the 50 Men and Women and the overall mission of providing educational services and opportunities for deserving students like Terae."

Chenault graduated in May from Scott High School with a 3.5 grade point average. His academic accomplishments included recognition on Scott's Academic Varsity Team and membership in the prestigious National Honor Society. He also wrote poetry for the school's newspaper and participated on the cross country and wrestling teams.

Active in the community, Chenault volunteers his time at the Deliverance Church of God, organizing food drives and fundraisers. His involvement also includes serving as a tutor for severe behavioral children at Toledo's Sherman Elementary. The son of Lamont and Leona Chenault, both of whom are Owens graduates, he intends on pursuing an associate's degree in a medical or business field at Owens.

Selection criteria for the scholarship is based upon achieving a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average, financial need and extracurricular involvement while in high school.

Founded by James C. Caldwell in 1983, the 50 Men and Women organization is comprised of community leaders who are committed to assisting minority youth achieve their career aspirations. Through scholarship, personal enhancement opportunities, career development and counseling and role modeling, the organization is driven to provide today's students with the opportunities to become tomorrow's leaders.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 25 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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