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First Urban Scholar candidates to visit campus

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 14, 2005) -- The Ohio University Urban Scholars Visitation Program will host more than 100 high school seniors from urban schools across the state of Ohio on Feb. 16-17.

On Wednesday, Feb. 16, the students will participate in an information fair at Walter Hall, a session with current Ohio University students at Grover Hall to learn more about the realities of college life and an entertainment event at the Ping Center.

On Thursday, Feb. 17, they will view an Office of Admissions presentation, take a campus tour and visit with faculty and staff from the college that hosts their academic program of interest.

"I'm extremely excited about this event because it will provide the students with an opportunity to visit and learn about our strong academic programs and life as a student at Ohio University," said interim Assistant to the President for Diversity G. Christine Taylor. "The cooperation from the campus community has been exceptional."

Ohio University's Urban Scholars Program is a new initiative created to increase diversity by providing students from urban areas with academic scholarships. The 10 students selected will be highly motivated students demonstrating academic achievement and financial need. The ultimate goal of the scholarship program is to enroll more than 100 Urban Scholars annually.

Urban Scholars Program participants will receive many benefits, including a four-year renewable scholarship, an annual book stipend, internships, a trip to a professional conference, technology and research training and an alumni mentor. They will also participate in leadership and summer programs, academic support seminars and a residential learning experience.

Increasing campus-wide diversity is one of four primary initiatives established by McDavis for Ohio University. The other three are making the university a nationally prominent research university, securing the resources necessary to make the university a top research institution and elevating partnerships in the region, state and nation.

McDavis, a 1970 graduate of Ohio University, visited all of the largest urban areas in the state of Ohio last fall in an attempt to build support for the Urban Scholars Program. He and his wife, Deborah, became the first donors to the Urban Scholars Program by making an $8,000 contribution. The university has raised more than $800,000 to support the scholarship program.

For a complete schedule of the visit, check www.ohio.edu/diversity/academic/visitationprogram.cfm. For more information about the program, contact the President's Office for Diversity at (740) 593-2329.

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Media Contact: Media Specialist George Mauzy, (740) 597-1794 or mauzy@ohio.edu

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