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Published 10/20/2003
Owens and Private Industry Collaborative Create New Endowed Scholarship Program

Owens State Community College Foundation was awarded a $30,000 donation by the Private Industry Collaborative to enhance academic opportunities for Northwest Ohio residents. The contribution will be used to initiate a new Private Industry Collaborative Endowed Scholarship Program at the College.

"Owens Community College is honored to partner with the Private Industry Collaborative and extend this scholarship program to current and future students," said Gary Dettling, Owens Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer. "This donation will open the door for a number of area residents to pursue their career aspirations at Owens. We appreciate the Private Industry Collaborative's commitment to furthering excellence in higher education."

Selection criteria for the new scholarship program will be based upon financial need and recipients being a resident in either Lucas or Wood counties. Individuals also must be a non-traditional Owens student and a dislocated or soon to be dislocated worker. The first scholarships will be awarded for Fall Semester 2004.

"The Private Industry Collaborative has a long-standing relationship with Owens Community College," said Ruben Bumpus, President of the Private Industry Collaborative and a charter member of the organization's Board of Trustees. "By endowing these funds, our organization is continuing to create new educational avenues for dislocated citizens. This new scholarship program would not be possible without Owens' help and support."

The Private Industry Council was created with the overall mission of providing training opportunities for dislocated residents in Lucas and Wood counties. Recognized as the nation's outstanding Private Industry Council, the non-profit organization is comprised of 15 community leaders dedicated to fostering and promoting the importance of continuing education throughout Northwest Ohio.

Since its incorporation in 1983, the organization, which changed its name to the Private Industry Collaborative four years ago, has financially assisted thousands of area citizens in pursuit of their career aspirations. This past September, the organization was dissolved and chose to disseminate its funds among a variety of educational endeavors.

The Owens State Community College Foundation was incorporated in April 2002 and has over $1.3 million in assets. The Foundation Board of Directors currently is comprised of 21 community leaders from Lucas, Wood and Hancock counties.

The mission of the Owens Foundation and its Board of Directors is cultivating gift initiatives, targeting successful alumni, business and industry members who are committed to investing and supporting the educational needs of current and future Owens Community College students. The Foundation's focus allows Owens to continue offering affordable tuition, ensuring the College's academic position as the best investment in Northwest Ohio. Over $86,000 in Foundation scholarships and program support was awarded to 116 Owens students exemplifying academic excellence and leadership during the 2003-04 academic year.

In addition to the Foundation, Owens Community College this past year provided over $38 million in grants, scholarships, loans and federal work-study to support the educational needs of students. The College's Board of Trustees awarded 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 26 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 40,000 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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