May 15, 2012

Owens Community College Board of Trustees Awards 2012 Academic Excellence Scholarships

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Area high school seniors recently were honored by Owens Community College’s Board of Trustees for their outstanding achievements, receiving thousands of dollars in new scholarships through the Trustees’ Academic Excellence Scholarship Program.

“Owens Community College is honored to recognize the Trustees’ Academic Excellence scholarship recipients for their dedication to academic excellence and outstanding service to their respective schools and communities,” said Dee Talmage, Owens Chair of the Board of Trustees. “On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to commend them on their accomplishments and welcome them to Owens Community College.”

The Academic Excellence Scholarship Program was created in 1998 by Owens’ Board of Trustees to recognize the outstanding achievements of graduating high school seniors. Each recipient will receive a $2,000 two-year scholarship.

The scholarship is available for four consecutive semesters with applicants being enrolled full-time and pursuing an associate’s degree at the College, as well as maintaining a 3.0 grade point average each semester. Since its creation more than a decade ago, the Trustees’ Academic Excellence Scholarship Program has provided over $1.4 million in scholarships to 741 students.

Students receiving a Trustees’ Academic Excellence Scholarship and their intended course of study at Owens include:

  • Kaetie Reese of Whitehouse, an Anthony Wayne High School graduate (criminal justice technology)
  • Katelyn Motsinger of Bowling Green, a Bowling Green High School graduate (international business)
  • Rachel Todak of Perrysburg, a Central Catholic High School graduate (occupational therapy assistant)
  • Kelly Schaefer of Oregon, a Clay High School graduate (registered nursing)
  • Erin Sehlhorst of Tiffin, a Columbian High School graduate (physical therapist assistant)
  • Megan Lare of Convoy, a Crestview High School graduate (chemistry)
  • Jacob Welch of Luckey, an Eastwood High School graduate (adolescence education)
  • Michelle Sander of Bloomdale, an Elmwood High School graduate (criminal justice technology)
  • Stacey Meador of Toledo, an Emmanuel Christian High School graduate (radiologic technology)
  • Kristine Combs of Findlay, a Findlay High School graduate (registered nursing)
  • Brennan Baeder of Fostoria, a Fostoria High School graduate (business management)
  • Joseph Dietrich of Ney, a Four County Career Center graduate (General Motors ASEP)
  • Makenzie Watkins of Fostoria, a Hopewell-Loudon High School graduate (diagnostic medical sonography)
  • Logan Feeney of Findlay, a Liberty-Benton High School graduate (fire science)
  • Terance Gaston of Toledo, a Life Skills Center of Toledo graduate (computer science)
  • Nathan Seeman of Maumee, a Maumee High School graduate (biomedical electronics)
  • Christopher Gysan of Castalia, a Margaretta High School graduate (landscape and turfgrass management)
  • Tiler Williams of Pioneer, a North Central High School graduate (applied engineering technology)
  • Lisa Urbanski of Toledo, a Notre Dame Academy graduate (radiologic technology)
  • Weston Moore of Sylvania, a Northview High School graduate (radiologic technology)
  • Jessica Hughes of Northwood, a Northwood High School graduate (registered nursing)
  • Emily Bitter of Woodville, a Penta Career Center graduate (exercise science)
  • Austan Westenbarger of McComb, a McComb High School graduate (marketing and sales)
  • Trevor Brown of Toledo, a Perrysburg High School graduate (commercial art technology)
  • Erik Binder of Perrysburg, a Rossford High School graduate (accounting)
  • Sandy Pratt of Toledo, a Southview High School High School graduate (photography)
  • Savannah Nowakowski of Toledo, a Springfield High School graduate (registered nursing)
  • Paris Wheeler of Swanton, a Swanton High School graduate (occupational therapy assistant)
  • Shelby Rowe of Alger, an Upper Scioto Valley High School graduate (diagnostic medical sonography)
  • Joseph Simon of Van Buren, a Van Buren High School graduate (registered nursing)
  • Abby Grubbs of Wharton, a Vanlue High School graduate (radiologic technology)
  • Taylor Avers of Gibsonburg, a Woodmore High School graduate (registered nursing)
  • Sarina Shrader of Toledo, a Woodward High School graduate (diagnostic medical sonography)

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens 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