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Published 8/19/2004

Owens Students Awarded First-Ever
Alumni Association Scholarships

Amanda CichockiTwo Owens Community College students have been chosen by the Alumni Association to receive $500 scholarships through the new Owens Alumni Legacy Endowed Scholarship Program. The College’s award recipients for the 2004-05 academic year are Amanda Cichocki of Rossford and John Poddany of Northwood.

The Owens Alumni Legacy Endowed Scholarship Program was established as part of a collaborative effort between the Owens Community College Foundation and the Alumni Association to enhance academic opportunities for Northwest Ohio residents. Cichocki and Poddany are the first Owens Alumni Legacy Endowed Scholarship Program recipients.

“Owens Community College Alumni Association is pleased to recognize John and Amanda for their commitment to higher education and the community,” said Laura Moore, Owens Manager of the Alumni Association. “Establishing scholarship endeavors, such as the Alumni Legacy Endowed Scholarship Program, play an important part in opening new doors for students to achieve academic success. The Owens Alumni Association is proud to partner with the College’s Foundation and make the Alumni Legacy Endowed Scholarship Program a reality for future generations of alumni legacy students.”

Funds for the new endowed scholarships were generated from various Alumni Association fundraising endeavors, including the organization’s annual Golf Classic. The Alumni Association has also committed to contribute an additional 50 percent of net proceeds from 2004 organizational fundraisers to the endowment fund.

John PoddanySelection criteria for the new scholarship program is based upon applicants being a son or daughter of an Alumni Association member and achieving a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average as an Owens student or soon-to-be high school graduate. Scholarships are not based upon financial need.

Cichocki intends on pursuing her associate degree in pre-business administration at the College this fall. A 2004 Rossford High School graduate, she was a member of the National Honor Society and honored as the Wood County student of the month. Her community involvement includes assisting with the International Red Cross, the Special Olympics and the Race for the Cure initiative. After graduating from Owens, she plans to attend a four-year college or university and pursue a bachelor’s degree in marketing.

Poddany is a 2003 graduate of Northwood High School and is pursuing his associate degree in adolescent education at Owens. Active in high school and the community, Poddany has volunteered his time with the Jim Derr Memorial Wrestling Tournament and Northwood’s annual football camp. He also has served as a football coach for Northwood Middle School and was a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Upon receiving his associate degree from Owens, he intends to pursue a bachelor’s degree in education and become a teacher.

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 $1.3 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. The Owens Community College Foundation awarded over $427,000 in scholarships and program support this past year.

In addition to the Foundation, Owens Community College this past year provided more than $41.9 million in grants, scholarships, loans and federal work-study to support the educational needs of students. The College's Board of Trustees also provides 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 Ohio with 28 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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