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Published 9/27/2005

Owens Community College Students Awarded Alumni Association Scholarships

Amanda Cichocki, Timothy Hatcher and Eric Heinze

Three Owens Community College students have been chosen by the Alumni Association to receive $500 scholarships through the Owens Alumni Legacy Endowed Scholarship Program. The College's award recipients for the 2005-06 academic year are Amanda Cichocki of Rossford, Timothy Hatcher of Maumee and Eric Heinze of Maumee.

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.

"Owens Community College Alumni Association is pleased to recognize Amanda, Timothy and Eric for their commitment to higher education and the community," said Laura Moore, Owens manager of Alumni Affairs. "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."

Funds for the 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 2005 organizational fundraisers to the endowment fund.

Selection criteria for the 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 is pursuing her associate degree in pre-business administration at the College. 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, the Race for the Cure and as a volleyball coach at Rossford High School. After graduating from Owens, she plans to attend a four-year college or university and pursue a bachelor's degree in marketing and advertising.

Hatcher is a 2005 graduate of Maumee High School and was a post-secondary option student at Owens. While in high school, he was a member of the National Honor Society and served in the orchestra. His community involvement includes volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America and Habitat for Humanity. After graduating from Owens, Hatcher plans to attend a four-year college or university to obtain his bachelor's degree and pursue a career as a meteorologist.

Heinze is pursuing his associate degree in radiography at the College. Following graduation from Owens, he plans to transfer to Bowling Green State University to obtain his bachelor's degree and pursue a career working within a medical facility in Northwest Ohio. The 2004 Maumee High School graduate was involved in many different activities while a student to include football, band, and the physics and car clubs. Active in the community, Heinze was a camp cabin leader for elementary school students and devotes much of his time to fixing neighborhood cars free of charge. He also is a D.A.R.E. member and was the high school car club president.

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 $1.5 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.

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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