Ohlone College Offers New Full-Ride Scholarship - Article, Office of College Advancement

Tuesday, May 7, 2013—Reprinted from Fremont Patch.

Submitted by Ohlone College.

Ohlone College sign at entrance.A new full-ride scholarship program for high school seniors in the Tri- City area is now available from Ohlone College through the Ohlone College Foundation. The newly developed program, The Ohlone Promise, offers free tuition, books and related fees to 16 local high school students who attend Ohlone College in fall 2013.

"This is a great opportunity for high school seniors residing in the Ohlone Community College District to attend college," said Dr. Gari Browning, President/Superintendent of Ohlone College. "Ohlone was recently ranked number two in the state in terms of student success and completion. We know that attending Ohlone will make a difference to these students. This new scholarship takes away the financial barrier that often prohibits attending college."

In the past few years tuition costs at community colleges statewide have nearly doubled. The per-unit cost is now $46, making a three unit course $138 plus fees and books. Less than three years ago, the cost was only $26 per unit.

"Our local community has a long history of providing scholarship assistance to support Ohlone students. And this year is no exception. Janice Futch-Claridge and Cargill Salt are sponsoring four of the Ohlone Promise Scholarships. We value their partnership and are grateful for their generosity," said Browning.

The Ohlone Promise offers free tuition, books and fees valuing $3600 to 16 students over four semesters. To qualify, students must have a 2.5 GPA or demonstrate

extenuating circumstances that resulted in a lower average. A short essay is required. Students should also obtain the recommendation of their high school principal or a member of the school's administrative team. To retain the scholarship, students must remain in good academic standing and continue to attend Ohlone College. The scholarship is not transferrable to another college or another individual.

The scholarship program is open to students currently attending the following high schools: American, Irvington, Kennedy, Mission San Jose, Robertson and Washington in the Fremont Unified School District; Newark Memorial and Bridgepoint in the Newark Unified School District; Logan High School and Conley Caraballo in the New Haven Unified School District. Students must also reside in the Ohlone Community College District.

The application period opens April 1 and closes May 1, 2013. Students may apply online at www.ohlonefoundation.org. Winners will be notified in mid-May.

"The Ohlone Promise is one of a number of scholarship programs offered by the Ohlone College Foundation to support students and the College," said Robert Douglass, chair of the Foundation's Board of Directors. "Ohlone is a wonderful jewel in our backyard and we're proud to be associated with this highly regarded college."

For more information on The Ohlone Promise or the Ohlone College Foundation visit www.ohlonefoundation.org or call (510) 659-6020.

Ohlone College is a two-year college that serves citizens living in the cities of Fremont, Newark and Union City. Part of the California Community College system, Ohlone serves as a transfer institution to four year colleges and universities. Ohlone has the fifth highest transfer rate of all 112 community colleges in the state and is rated second in the state for student success and completion. Ohlone also offers job training courses in high growth, high employment fields that help to build the economy in the Tri- City region. For more information please visit www.ohlone.edu. 

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