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Published 3/12/2004
Owens Foundation Awards Scholarships To SIFE Students, March 18

FINDLAY - The Owens Community College Foundation is providing new educational opportunities for area residents by announcing the creation of two $1,000 Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) scholarships. The new scholarships will be awarded as part of Owens' Third Annual SIFE Dinner on Thursday, March 18.

Sponsored by the College's SIFE team, the event is from 6-8 p.m. at the Senior Center (423 Trenton Ave.) in Findlay. Tickets for the Spaghetti Dinner are $5 per person and the public is encouraged to attend. Proceeds will be used to fund the student organization's participation in the SIFE Regional Championship competition next month.

"Owens Community College is excited to work with the SIFE organization, affording two students the opportunity to pursue their educational aspirations," said Charles Bills, Owens Foundation Director, and President and CEO of OHIO LOGISTICS & Affiliates. "This partnership is a continuation of the Foundation's ongoing efforts to open new doors for students to achieve academic success and become leaders of tomorrow."

Russ Rogerson, Executive Vice President of the Findlay Community Development Foundation, will serve as keynote speaker for the event. The topic of his discussion will focus on how free markets work in a global economy.

Selection criteria for scholarship recipients is based upon applicants submitting an essay on what free enterprise means to them and why they would like to participate in the College's SIFE team. Individuals also must be enrolled as an Owens student and carry a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average.

The SIFE organization was founded in 1975 to provide college students with educational opportunities designed to enhance their leadership, teamwork and communication skills. Such educational opportunities are initiated by practicing the principles of market economics, business ethics, entrepreneurship and personal financial success through the implementation of various projects and SIFE- sponsored events. Currently, there are more than 1,200 SIFE organizations on college and university campuses in over 33 countries.

Throughout the academic year, Owens' SIFE team members participate in a variety of free enterprise educational projects and events, benefiting the local community. Among their recent initiatives include paying tribute to service men and women by organizing a community-wide Veterans Day celebration and sponsoring a DECA Day competition for area high school students. Last year, the SIFE organization created a SIFE/Salvation Army "Kick Start for Success Program" in which the team collaborated with the Salvation Army to teach less fortunate children about basic computer skills, reading and writing, and personal savings.

"The College's SIFE team appreciates the Foundation's commitment to our organization," said Sonya Walburn, President of the Owens Findlay-area Campus SIFE team. "This is a win-win partnership which will benefit Owens students for years to come."

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, or to purchase tickets, call (567) 429-3530 or 1-800- FINDLAY, Ext. 3530

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