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TPS seniors learn about ‘free rides’ to University of Toledo

More than 140 students from Toledo Public Schools (TPS) are currently taking classes at The University of Toledo without paying tuition or general fees after receiving Blue and Gold Scholarships through the UT Guarantee program.

On Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the UT Student Union more than 400 current TPS seniors learned about qualifying for this same opportunity.
TPS seniors with at least a 3.0 grade point average, or close to it, that may also qualify for a federal Pell Grant, were bused to UT from TPS high schools throughout the district for a half-day full of information and events with UT admissions staff.
“Our students are very fortunate to have this opportunity before them,” said John Foley, TPS superintendent. “UT is a well-respected university that offers a wide array of options for its students.  I’m hopeful that many more of our students will give strong consideration to UT when considering their higher-education options.”
Activities included an opportunity for students to fill out an application to UT and meet with an admissions counselor, a college fair with information about UT’s various academic programs, a panel discussion with current and former UT students from Toledo, and lunch.
The eligibility requirements for a Blue and Gold Scholarship are: Applying for admission by April 1, 2010; filing free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 1, 2010; displaying any eligibility for a Pell Grant; and minimum high school grade-point-average of 3.0.

“Blue and Gold Scholarships are about more than just increasing enrollment and spreading the UT name,” said Burns. “The program is mission driven, in that it helps us improve the human condition.”
The UT Guarantee program is good for all four years of school, as long as its recipients maintain a 3.0 grade-point-average, complete 30 credit hours each school year, and file a FAFSA annually.






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