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Published 8/25/2004

Owens Community College Awards Free College Education to Northwest Ohio Residents

Two area residents will attend Owens Community College for free this fall after winning a unique scholarship contest. Owens Community College, 92.5 KISS-FM and the "Toledo City Paper" recently partnered to offer a "Free Fred-ucation" contest that resulted in the awarding of free college education. The grand-prize winner, April Saling, will be awarded one year of free Owens tuition, while the runner-up, Michael Vasko Jr., will receive one semester of free tuition at the College.

"Owens Community College is proud to collaborate with 92.5 KISS-FM and the 'Toledo City Paper' and offer such an incredible opportunity for the Northwest Ohio community," said Andy Woodard, Owens Marketing Manager. "This contest was possible due to the College's continued efforts of building upon its community partnerships. Thanks to the support of 92.5 KISS-FM and the 'Toledo City Paper,' two students are able to experience a quality education at Owens Community College."

"Free Fred-ucation," which is named after Fred LeFebvre of 92.5 KISS-FM's Morning Crew, had nearly 2,000 individuals enter the contest by answering five questions correctly online or over the phone. Four finalists were then chosen at random during a live drawing on 92.5 KISS-FM. To determine the grand-prize winner, the four randomly selected finalists competed in a quiz bowl. All four finalists received a $100 gift certificate to the College's Bookstore.

Saling was the grand-prize winner of "Free Fred-ucation," receiving a year of free tuition to Owens Community College. A resident of Toledo, Saling looks forward to pursuing an associate degree in a nursing-related field while attending Owens. "I have always wanted to be a nurse, and this contest allows me to follow my educational goals," said Saling, presently a computer field technician for a Dayton-area company. Without being eligible for financial aid previously, Saling is now enthusiastic about attending college for the first time. "I am so excited and thrilled. Winning the 'Free Fred-ucation' contest is amazing." Saling added, a 1994 Woodward High School graduate.

Vasko received a semester of free tuition to Owens Community College as the "Free Fred-ucation" second-place winner. Currently enrolled at Owens in the automotive business management program, Vasko is excited about the opportunity to finish his associate degree with the extra financial assistance. "I am grateful that I won't have to worry about a payment plan until next year," said Vasko, a 1999 Sylvania Northview High graduate who resides in Toledo. Employed as a manager trainee for the Hertz car rental company in Maumee, Vasko envisions working in the corporate level of the automotive organization upon graduation. "I was shocked that I was drawn to be one of the finalists and even happier to win second place," Vasko said.

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. Recently, Owens Community College Foundation awarded 116 scholarships in the amount of $112,000 to students exemplifying academic excellence and leadership. 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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