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Published 8/5/2005

Owens Community College Awards Free Education to Northwest Ohio Residents

Mookie from 92.5 KISS-FM and Dr. Bill Ivoska, Owens vice president of student services, pose for a picture with the 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, FOX Toledo and the "Toledo City Paper" recently partnered to offer the "Ultimate Tuition Challenge" contest that resulted in the awarding of free college education. The grand-prize winner, Whitney Hartley of Fostoria, will be awarded one year of free Owens tuition, while the runner-up, Jessica Brock of Oregon, will receive one semester of free tuition at the College.

"Owens Community College is proud to collaborate with 92.5 KISS-FM, FOX Toledo and the 'Toledo City Paper' and offer such an incredible opportunity for the Northwest Ohio community," said Andy Woodard, Owens interim director of public relations and marketing. "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, FOX Toledo and the 'Toledo City Paper,' two students are able to experience a quality education at Owens Community College."

The "Ultimate Tuition Challenge" had nearly 1,300 individuals enter the contest by correctly answering a series of five questions. Applicants answering all five questions correctly were then entered into a drawing in which 300 semifinalists were chosen at random. To determine the grand-prize winner, five randomly selected semifinalists were chosen at the quiz bowl finals, with the individual answering the most trivia questions correctly being crowned the "Ultimate Tuition Challenge" scholarship champion.

Hartley was the grand-prize winner of the "Ultimate Tuition Challenge," receiving a year of free tuition to Owens Community College. A 2003 Fostoria High School graduate, she is currently pursuing her associate degree in radiography at Owens. "I can't believe I actually won free tuition for college," said a stunned Hartley. "This is unbelievable." Employed as a waitress to assist in paying for her college education, Hartley envisions working at a local hospital as a radiographer upon graduation. "Winning the 'Ultimate Tuition Challenge' will make a huge difference in trying to pay for college and balance other financial obligations. I can't complain about how I spent my afternoon at Owens Community College."

Brock received a semester of free tuition to Owens Community College as the "Ultimate Tuition Challenge" second-place winner. Currently enrolled at Owens in accounting, Brock is excited about the opportunity to finish her associate degree with the extra financial assistance. "Paying for a college education is hard," said the 2002 Clay High School graduate. "Receiving a semester's worth of free education means a lot to me. Knowing that I won't have to pay for a portion of my tuition next year will make a huge difference financially." Following graduation from Owens, Brock intends on continuing her education with aspirations of someday becoming a certified public accountant.

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. Additionally, the Owens Community College Foundation has awarded over $644,700 in scholarships and program support since its incorporation in 2002.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 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, and 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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