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Published 10/11/2005

Owens Community College Student Receives National Jeannette Rankin Foundation Grant Award

Lisa Haas Owens Community College student, Lisa Haas of Whitehouse has been chosen among college and university students nationwide to receive the $2,000 Reita Rivers Award from the Jeannette Rankin Foundation in Athens, Ga. Haas was one of only 65 individuals to be awarded the highly competitive grant, which was established to assist students in pursuit of their educational endeavors.

"Owens Community College is extremely proud of Lisa and her accomplishments," said Elizabeth Martin, Owens clinical teaching associate of Nursing, who also serves as Haas' clinical experience instructor. "Her thirst for knowledge and enthusiasm is incredible. Lisa's contact, compassion and care for patients is going to make her an exceptional nurse who makes long lasting contributions to the health care community."

Selection criteria for the grant is based upon applicants being a female, age 35 or older, and enrolled in an accredited academic institution of higher learning. Additionally, financial need is taken into account, as well as each student's career aspirations and their potential to accomplish these goals.

The Jeannette Rankin Foundation honors the name and legacy of an American woman of incredible spirit and determination by providing much needed aid to women with the same attributes. Rankin was a proponent of women's rights and was the first women to be elected to the U.S. Congress in 1917. Due to the efforts of U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur a portrait of former U.S. Rep. Rankin will soon hang outside the U.S. House of Representatives chambers, honoring her legacy.

Upon her death, Rankin left a portion of her Georgia estate to assist unemployed women workers. Rankin's personal assistant, Reita Rivers, along with many friends, decided to establish a foundation to help adult women who face difficulties when returning to school.

Since its founding in 1976, the Jeannette Rankin Foundation has awarded 442 women more than $690,000 in grants to assist in changing their lives through education.

Haas is pursuing her associate degree in registered nursing and carries a 4.0 grade point average. Active in the community, she volunteers much of her time to the Cherry Street Mission in Toledo, as well as to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Haas' volunteerism also includes previous involvement with a local therapeutic horseback-riding program. Following graduation from Owens in May 2007, she envisions working within an area hospital setting as a registered nurse, and eventually becoming a traveling nurse, aiding world countries as part of humanitarian missions. A single mother with two sons, Haas also has aspirations of a career within the teaching profession at the college level.

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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