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Published 2/4/2004
Owens' Foundation and Alumni Association Create New Scholarships

Owens Community College Foundation was awarded a $10,000 donation by the Alumni Association to enhance academic opportunities for Northwest Ohio residents. The contribution will be used to initiate a new Owens Alumni Legacy Endowed Scholarship Program.

"Alumni are the most important partners in an educational institution's mission," said Gary Dettling, Owens Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer. "Their vision and support are vital in Owens' ongoing efforts to impact students' lives through higher education. The Foundation is proud to partner with the Alumni Association and provide new scholarship opportunities for alumni legacy students."

Selection criteria for the new scholarship program will not be based upon financial need. Applicants must be a son or daughter of an Alumni Association member and carry a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average as an Owens student or soon-to-be high school graduate. The first two $500 scholarships will be awarded for Fall Semester 2004.

According to Janet Meacham, Owens President of the Alumni Association, the new Alumni Legacy Endowed Scholarship Program is a win-win partnership for both the Foundation and Alumni Association organizations. "Owens Community College has been providing Northwest Ohio residents with excellence in higher education for over three decades. Establishing legacy scholarships will open new doors for future generations of potential students to pursue their career aspirations at Owens."

Funds for the new Alumni Legacy Endowed Scholarship Program came from the Inaugural Golf Classic, which was held in June 2003. During its January meeting, the Alumni Association decided to contribute an additional 50 percent of net proceeds from 2004 organizational fundraisers to the endowment fund.

Since opening its doors in 1965, Owens Community College has provided higher education to more than 250,000 students. Owens' Alumni Association is committed to the personal and professional success of alumni and students through the ongoing development of value-added initiatives.

The College's Alumni Association is open to all graduates or students who have successfully completed any credit or non-credit course at Owens. New members have the opportunity to serve on the organization's Board of Directors or committees, utilize the Student Health and Activities Center, Common Computer labs and Library services and attend a variety of social and networking events.

The Owens Community College Foundation was incorporated in April 2002 and has over $1.5 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 $112,000 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 27 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay- area Campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 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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