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Published 3/8/2004
Owens Community College Foundation Initiates 2004 Annual Giving Campaign

The Owens Community College Foundation is investing in Northwest Ohio's educational future by initiating an Annual Giving Campaign. Funds generated from the Annual Giving Campaign will be used immediately to meet the College's most important needs and opportunities, including student scholarships, academic departments, educational technology, student organizations, athletics, and the Center for Fine and Performing Arts.

"Owens Community College is committed to providing students with the maximum amount of educational resources and choices," said Gary Dettling, Owens Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer. "A donation to the Annual Giving Campaign will not only positively impact the lives of current students, but also assist in preserving a high quality education for future generations. Our mission cannot be achieved without the support of friends, parents, and Owens alumni and employees stepping forward to help us meet our funding challenges."

Since 1965, Owens Community College has helped tens of thousands of Northwest Ohio residents reach their career and educational goals. With generous donations, the College has been able to maintain affordable tuition without sacrificing the quality of its offerings. The College's academic programs and educational services depend, in part, on private gifts from individuals who wish to contribute to the future of Northwest Ohio's surrounding communities.

According to Dettling, individuals may designate gifts to a specific area or as unrestricted, allowing the College to utilize the donation wherever the need is the greatest.

Among the various levels of support are the Michael J. Owens Society, 1965 Founders' Class, President's Circle, Dean's List, Professor's Club, Honor Roll, and Red and White Association.

"Owens Community College has a long and proud tradition of making a difference in students' lives," said Paul Meinerding, Owens Foundation Chairman. "Engaging in annual fundraising initiatives will open even more educational doors for area residents to pursue their career aspirations."

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 more than $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.

For more information regarding Owens Community College's 2004 Annual Giving Campaign, or 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.


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