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The Scioto Foundation invites all area students and their families to a UCAN Go to College Night from 4 – 8 p.m. at the SOMC Friends Center on September 17. The program will focus on providing practical information and advice on how to plan, prepare and pay for college.

Parents and grandparents to teachers, school administrators and especially students from 8th – 12th grades, as well as others interested in attaining post-secondary training of any kind, will find value in the evening session, said Kim Cutlip, Scioto Foundation Executive Director.

Admission to the College Night is free and registration will be taken at the door. Attendees may register for a raffle which will occur every 15 minutes. Participants must be present to win. Raffle items will be useful and valuable items such as $25 start-up/registration fees for OTTA (Ohio Tuition Trust Authority) college savings plans, $250 scholarships for college-bound students and more.

Room C of the Friends Center will feature a continuous “College Fair” with vendors of financial services and organizations that offer information to students about how to finance a college education. They will include representatives of local banks and financial brokers which offer 529 savings plans, the College Board, the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority-College Advantage, Edward Jones, Upward Bound, South Central Ohio ESC and the Scioto Foundation-UCAN program. Reps from universities and other post-secondary schools also participating are OU University Southern, OU Chillicothe, University of Cincinnati, Rio Grande, Shawnee State, Miami, Morehead State, Marshall, Ohio State and Ohio Universities; Berea College; the Scioto County Career & Technical Center; Hocking and Daymar Colleges, Ashland Community and Technical College and the US Air Force, Army Reserve, Naval Academy and US Military Academy at West Point. Others are the OSU Extension and SOMC Volunteer Services.

Presentations in Room A will include “Standardized Tests and High School Rigor with Joel Gulko of the College Board from 5:10 – 5:55 p.m., and “The College Application” with guidance counselors Cathy McCoy and Ellen Shope from 6:05 – 6:50 p.m., Treva Williams, Director of the OSU Extension Service, will lead a discussion on time management, and a panel of recent college graduates will cover “What to Expect in the Freshman Year” from 7 – 7:45 p.m.

?Room B topics will offer “Selecting a Major” with Sara Deateria and Shannon Cook from Scioto County Tech Center and Susan Schaurer and Susan Schaurer of Miami University from 4:30 – 5:15 p.m., “Choosing Smart: What Is the Right College for Me?” with Jimmy Farmer and Becky Harr from Shawnee State University from 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. and a panel discussion on “Paying for College” savings plans, federal and state grants, private loans, scholarships and military service from 6:20 – 7:45 p.m. Michael Gampp, CEO of American Savings Bank and Chairman of the Scioto Foundation Board, will moderate the panel. Participants will include Laurie Hatton from Shawnee State University, Chris Hamilton, DESCO Vice President of Lending, Betsey Rickel of the OTTA and Kim Cutlip from the Scioto Foundation.

Handouts about top careers for those with college educations in the future, amortization tables, information about financing college and a 9 – 12 grade checklist to prepare for college will be distributed along with other giveaways. Refreshments will also be provided.

Additional information about the UCAN Go to College Night may be obtained by contacting the Scioto Foundation office at (740) 354-4612 or by checking the SF website, www.sciotofoundation.org.

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