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Owens Community College Foundation Establishes Scholarship Fund for Ironworkers' Children
The Owens Community College Foundation is reaching out to the families of the four ironworkers who lost their lives in the I-280 bridge tragedy by establishing a scholarship fund to honor their memory. Funds generated from the scholarships will be used to pay college education expenses for the ironworkers' four children.
The College's new scholarship endeavor was created under the leadership of Owens Vice President, Linda Stacy, and the Workforce and Community Services Division. In a collaborative effort, the Foundation and Workforce and Community Services Division will earmark interest income from an already established $16,000 Workforce and Community Services Teaching / Learning Endowment Fund to provide the future educational opportunities.
The combined interest income and other charitable donations will pay in full all tuition and fees for the children to attend college.
"The College's Workforce and Community Services Division is proud to honor the ironworkers and their community contributions by preserving each individual's memory through the creation of this scholarship program," Stacy said. "We really wanted to put the ironworkers' families at ease when it comes to their children's higher educational needs."
Owens' Workforce and Community Services Division has been at the forefront of apprenticeship training for over 20 years. The program offers leading edge training and professional development to more than 4,000 students annually within a variety of career fields ranging from manufacturing to construction. The College's Apprenticeship Program has more than 40 building joint apprenticeship training committees throughout the state of Ohio, which includes the Toledo Area Ironworkers Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee. Following the completion of Owens' Apprenticeship Program, students interested in pursuing additional academic opportunities are able to apply instructional hours received toward an associate's degree in construction trades.
"Nothing is more important than making sure that the families of the ironworkers are provided for," said Paul Meinerding, Owens Foundation Chairman. "The establishing of these scholarships will set the tone for the continued growth of these children."
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. More than $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.
The Foundation is currently accepting donations for this endowed scholarship from any individual or organization interested in honoring the memory of the fallen ironworkers. For those who would like to donate, please call (567) 661-7603 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7603.
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 44,000 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.