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Owens expands Success Program at TPS

Oct. 9, 2008: All graduating Toledo Public Schools’ students in financial need will be afforded the opportunity to pursue a free college education at Owens Community College as the academic institution’s Foundation announces the expansion of its Success Program partnership to include all high schools within the Toledo Public Schools District.

The 2009 graduating classes of Bowsher High School, Libbey High School, Rogers High School, Scott High School, Start High School, Toledo Early College High School, Toledo Technology Academy, Waite High School, and Woodward High School, among others, will serve as recipients of this program, which is designed to assist students, who receive only partial state and federal financial aid, attend college.

The Success Program will bridge the gap between the federal grant aid a student receives and the cost of an Owens education.

Fourteen high schools are now partners in the Owens Success Program. Earlier this year, both Toledo Public Schools’ Woodward High School and Findlay City Schools became the first and second educational institutions to partner with the College’s Foundation and extend this opportunity to its students. Since announcing the new initiative, 87 Woodward and Findlay high school students have chosen to continue their education at Owens through the Success Program.

“Every student should have the opportunity to pursue a college education and realize their goals and ambitions,” said Christa Adams, Ph.D., President of Owens Community College. “The Success Program was established to eliminate financial barriers and provide greater access to higher education. Owens Community College is proud to further its partnership with Toledo Public Schools and the mission of educating and developing Northwest Ohio’s future leaders and societal contributors.”

“Toledo Public Schools appreciates the continuing support from Owens Community College and the generosity they are extending to our students through the Success Program,ā€¯ said John Foley, Superintendent for Toledo Public Schools. “The Success Program provides our students with a tremendous opportunity to attend college and pursue an associate’s degree while planning for a successful future.”

In order to be eligible, Toledo Public Schools’ students must graduate from high school, be enrolled in 12 or more credit hours each semester at Owens and complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine financial aid and receive some federal/state grant funding. Recipients must enroll at Owens during the first Fall Semester or Spring Semester following graduation and will have three years to complete their associate’s degree through the Success Program initiative.

The Owens Foundation was incorporated in April 2002 and has over $2.1 million in assets. The Foundation Board of Directors currently is comprised of 23 community leaders from Lucas, Wood and Hancock counties. The mission of the Owens Foundation and its Board of Directors is developing and providing resources to advance the College’s overall mission of serving students and the surrounding communities. The Foundation is also dedicated to removing barriers to education by providing student scholarships and supporting growth and innovation at Owens.

Toledo Public Schools is the fourth largest public school system in the state of Ohio and is recognized as one of the leading urban school districts. The school district enrolls nearly 29,000 students and operates 38 elementary schools, seven middle schools, nine senior high schools and various specialized learning centers.

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. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation 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. For more information, visit www.owens.edu






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