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High school seniors and parents invited to Appalachian Scholarship info night

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (Nov. 20, 2006) -- High school seniors and their parents are invited to an informational session about the Appalachian Scholars Award Program on Monday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. in Shannon Hall at Ohio University Eastern Campus.  The scholarship component of this program is a four-year renewable scholarship for tuition and fees valued at $40,000.  Vouchers for textbooks will also be given each quarter for four years. 

Students eligible for the program will spend two years on the Eastern Campus and then two years on the main campus in Athens, Ohio.  The Appalachian Scholars Award Program focuses on assisting students who are highly motivated but may have financial concerns that are blocking the path to college.  Students must demonstrate enthusiasm, motivation to succeed, a minimum of 2.75 grade-point-average and financial need. 

To be eligible for this program, students must also live in one of the 29 Appalachian counties in Ohio, which are:  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.

Ohio University officials will explain several aspects of the program during the information session.  Attendees will learn how the scholarship works and how the academic support part of the Appalachian Scholars Award Program runs.  Last year's recipient will provide a first-hand description of her experience in the program.  Information will be given about how to complete the application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the deadlines for all application materials.  There will also be a short session for the parents while a separate session for the students is meeting. 

The Appalachian Scholars program was created in 2005 by Ohio University President, Dr. Roderick J. McDavis. "The Appalachian Scholars Program is a renewed commitment to widening the doors to an Ohio University education for students from Appalachia," McDavis said. "By creating greater access to educational opportunities, Ohio University can make a profound difference in the quality of life and economic future for children of Appalachia."

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Media Contact: of Marketing and Public Relations Crystal Lorimor at (740) 699-2356 or lorimor@ohio.edu or Jennifer Kellner at (740) 695-1720.

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