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Published 8/27/2004

Two Scholarship Winners Continue as Successful Owens Students

While two Owens Community College students are beginning their educational careers after winning the "Free Fred-ucation" scholarship contest, two additional area residents continue to pursue their own academic dreams following Owens' free tuition competition last year. The grand-prize winner, Charles Ueberroth of Swanton received free tuition for the 2003-04 academic year, while the runner-up, Wendy Smith of Lambertville, Michigan, was awarded a semester of free Owens tuition.

Similar to this year's competition, both Ueberroth and Smith were among thousands of applicants who answered a series of five questions for an opportunity to win free college education. Five semi-finalists were then randomly chosen to compete on a televised game show.

"Owens Community College is committed to providing students with the maximum amount of educational resources and choices," said Gary Dettling, Owens Vice President of College Advancement. "The creation of a free tuition scholarship contest opens new doors for students to achieve academic success and become leaders of tomorrow. Owens applauds all of the scholarship winners on their achievements and dedication to pursuing their educational aspirations."

Ueberroth, the grand-prize winner of last year's education contest, received a year of free tuition to Owens Community College. The Swanton High School graduate is presently pursuing an associate degree in accounting technology. Ueberroth anticipates graduating in 2006.

"Winning Owens' scholarship contest has granted me an incredible opportunity to learn about the successful and interesting field of accounting," said Ueberroth, who is employed with BAX Global Inc., a freight company at the Toledo Express Airport. "My future will be more enriched because of what the free tuition contest will provide me - a college education."

Smith received a semester of free tuition to Owens Community College as last year's second- place winner. Aspiring to work in an emergency room as a Registered Nurse, Smith is well on her way to receiving an associate degree in nursing and plans to graduate from Owens in 2006.

"Winning a semester of free tuition was a tremendous help to my family," said Smith, a native of Baltimore. "Not only did the contest allow me to achieve my academic goals, but it also provided my family the chance to put money into savings. A college education might not have been an option without help from Owens." Currently employed at Meijer, Smith is taking courses in pharmacology and nursing concepts this fall at Owens. She will begin her nursing clinical experience this Spring Semester.

The two area residents attending Owens Community College for free this fall after winning the "Free Fred-ucation" scholarship contest are April Saling of Toledo (one year of free Owens tuition) and Michael Vasko Jr. of Toledo (one semester of free tuition).

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 new 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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