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Ohio University Eastern holds information session about Appalachian Scholars program

ATHENS, Ohio (March 14, 2006) -- Ohio University Eastern will host an information session regarding the 2006-2007 Appalachian Scholarship in Shannon Hall on Monday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m. Ohio high school seniors and parents are invited to attend this meeting.

The Appalachian Scholarship awards $10,000 to a deserving freshman who lives in an Appalachian, Ohio, county. The program is designed to have the student complete two years of their degree at the Ohio University Eastern Campus in St. Clairsville, and then complete the remaining two years of their degree at the Ohio University's main campus in Athens. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years

"The Appalachian Scholars Program is a renewed commitment to widening the doors to an Ohio University education for students from Appalachia who demonstrate enthusiasm, motivation to succeed, academic achievement and financial need," says Roderick J. McDavis, president of Ohio University.

Academic achievement is one criterion for the scholarship, however, the focus of this scholarship is to assist students who are highly motivated but for whom financial concerns may be an obstacle to higher education. In order to apply for the Appalachian Scholarship, students must reside in an Appalachian county and show financial need by completing a FAFSA application.

The 29 Appalachian counties include Adams, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Carroll, Clermont, Columbiana, Coshocton, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Highland, Hocking, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Tuscarawas, Vinton and Washington.

Students must submit their application for university admission, Appalachian Scholars application and transcripts to the Eastern Campus by April 7. The student's FAFSA results must be on file with Ohio University by the April 7 deadline as well.

For additional information regarding the scholarship or for assistance completing the FAFSA form, please contact Jennifer Kellner at (740) 699-2347 or 1-800-648-3331, extension 2347.

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