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Published 12/16/2003
Owens Students Receive Northwest Ohio Restaurant Association Scholarships

Two Owens Community College students have been chosen by the Northwest Ohio Restaurant Association (NWORA) to receive $2,000 scholarships for excellence within the classroom and workplace. The College's award recipients are Mohamad Abou- Ahmad of Toledo and Monica Mason of Waterville.

The NWORA was founded in 1936 as a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the restaurant industry in the Toledo area. Organizational initiatives include working with charitable community groups and providing scholarships to area students seeking careers in the food service industry.

"Owens Community College appreciates Northwest Ohio Restaurant Association's commitment to Hotel, Restaurant, Institution Technologies," said Dolores Dobelbower, Owens Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management. "These scholarships will further assist our students in their pursuit of hospitality management and food service careers."

Scholarship criterion includes applicants being interviewed by a panel of NWORA representatives to determine award recipients. Interview questions focus on an individual's career aspirations, community involvement, goals and accomplishments. In addition, scholarship applicants must be enrolled within a higher educational institution and working towards a degree in hospitality management or culinary arts.

Mohamad Abou-Ahmad Abou-Ahmad is a hospitality management major at Owens and carries a 3.3 grade point average. A native of Zahle, Lebanon, he is an Ecole Hoteliere graduate and earned a Higher Technician Cycle degree from the Hotel Management Institute in Beirut, Lebanon. His accomplishments include receiving a Certificate of Appreciation from the Diplomatic Club of Doha, Qatar for supervising hotel employees from Germany, Austria, Lebanon and the Philippines. Currently serving as a food service manager at Maxwell's Brew in Toledo, Abou-Ahmad intends on obtaining his master's degree in hospitality management and securing a hotel managerial position.

Monica Mason Mason is pursuing her associate's degree in food service management at the College. Active in the community, she has previously served as a tutor for Bowling Green's Kenwood Elementary and assisted with childcare programs at the Southwest Family YMCA in Maumee. Mason carries a 3.25 grade point average and is currently employed by the Elizabeth House for Assisted Living, where she is an assistant production cook. Following graduation from Owens, the 2000 Anthony Wayne High School graduate envisions opening a small deli or restaurant.

Owens' Hotel, Restaurant, Institution (HRI) Technologies offers students the opportunity to pursue either an associate's degree or a certificate while preparing for careers within the hospitality management or food service industries. For more information, call (567) 661-7777 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7777.

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