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Westerville student Emily DiAlbert for earned an 2018 ACA International Scholarship Awards.

Westerville student Emily DiAlbert for earned an 2018 ACA International Scholarship Awards.

Local residents graduate from Clemson University

CLEMSON, SC (08/23/2018)— Area residents graduated from Clemson University Aug. 10, 2018.

They are:

  • Luke M. Shoemaker of Sunbury, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Ellen K. Denzel of Westerville, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering

They were among more than 1,000 graduates at the summer 2018 graduation ceremony at Littlejohn Coliseum.

ACA International Education Foundation Announces 2018 Scholarship Winners

The foundation awarded $55,000 in scholarships to 36 talented students, all of whom are connected to the accounts receivable management industry.

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 27, 2018 ―The ACA International Education Foundation awarded 36 high school and college students with a total of $55,000 in Loomer-Mortenson Scholarships for the upcoming school year. The winners were selected based on their cumulative grade-point average and a two- to three-page essay focused on the value of consumer credit.

The scholarship honors the memory of ACA member Robert E. Loomer and ACA staff member Irvin “Dempsey” Mortenson. All scholarship applicants must be employees of a company affiliated with the accounts receivable management industry or the child of an employee.

This year’s $10,000 scholarship winner is Klaudia Greer, a freshman studying biology at Florida State University in Tallahassee. Her parent is employed by SHERLOQ Solutions in Tampa.

The $5,000-second place scholarship was claimed by Darby Cain, who will attend University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Cain’s parent is employed by Professional Choice Recovery Inc. in Nebraska.

In addition, a three-way tie for third place resulted in the foundation board presenting $3,000 checks to the following students:

  • Kelsey Baich: University of Mississippi
  • Natalie Watts: Indianapolis University Purdue University
  • Bern Berg: Centralia College
  • The foundation also awarded 31 scholarships of $1,000 each to:
  • Alexandria Marie Cortes: University of Oregon
  • Allison Kundrata: Grand Canyon University
  • Alyssa Kohrer: Grand Canyon University
  • Amanda McGloin: Blue Mountain Community College
  • Benjamin McNabb: Western Governors University
  • Brittany Potts: Azusa Pacific University
  • Caitlin Hopkinson: James Madison University
  • Cameron Gartland: Florida State University
  • Camryn Hotaling: California State University, Fresno
  • Christopher Hunley: University of Texas at Austin
  • Emily DiAlbert: Ohio University
  • Hayley Stevens: Wayne State College
  • Heather Silvey: University of Missouri
  • Iris Tabatha Loveday: Johnson University
  • Isabella Moskowitz: Baldwin Wallace University
  • JayAnn Villalobos: Metropolitan State University
  • Josie Rae Vote: University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • Kate Noelle Peterson: University of Minnesota
  • Lars Erickson: Stony Brook University
  • Lauren Elizabeth Kusic: Drexel University LeBow College of Business
  • Lilly Ann Oser: University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Madison Cleeton: Truman State University
  • Marin Kacur: The Culinary Institute of America
  • Marissa DeStefano: Binghamton University
  • Matthew Rozga: University of Maryland College Park
  • Ryan Kundrata: Grand Canyon University
  • Rylee Jane Stalnaker: Middle Tennessee State University
  • Sara Jayne Vess: Appalachian State University
  • Sarah Richardson: Mott Community College
  • Talasia Jones: Howard University
  • Taylor Hubert: University of Kentucky

ACA International (ACA), the association of credit and collection professionals, is the largest membership organization in the credit and collection industry. Founded in 1939, ACA brings together third-party collection agencies, law firms, asset buying companies, creditors and vendor affiliates, representing tens of thousands of industry professionals. ACA produces a wide variety of products, services and publications, including educational and compliance-related information; and articulates the value of the credit and collection industry to businesses, policymakers and consumers. www.acainternational.org.

Ohio State plans to eliminate hundreds of fees to enhance affordability

Students would save up to $1.9 million a year through four initiatives

August 28, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State University is proposing to eliminate 278 course fees; provide steep discounts on digital textbooks; waive costs when students take additional credit hours to complete their degrees, accept internships or conduct research; and extend in-state tuition to more military families.

These four affordability proposals would benefit thousands of students, saving them an estimated $1.9 million a year. The plan will be presented to Ohio State’s Board of Trustees this week.

“We are working hard to create savings for students, make costs more predictable and create increased opportunities for families across our state and nation,” President Michael V. Drake said.

The proposals reflect Ohio State’s focus on access, affordability and excellence in the Time and Change strategic plan. In recent years, the university established the Ohio State Tuition Guarantee and added more than $100 million in financial aid for low- and moderate-income students. The Buckeye Opportunity Program, for example, ensures that thousands of Ohio students who qualify for Pell Grants receive an aid package that covers at least the full cost of tuition and mandatory fees. The program will impact 3,000 students on the Columbus campus this fall and an estimated 1,200 students on Ohio State’s regional campuses in the spring.

In the initiatives being proposed this week, the university plans to:

  • Eliminate 278 course fees, which pay for educational costs such as laboratory sessions or specialized materials. The proposal would eliminate 70 percent of all course fees, benefiting thousands of students across a range of disciplines. Fees that remain cover third-party costs, such as first-aid training, or are in disciplines that rely heavily on laboratories as part of their educational requirements (biology, chemistry and physics).
  • Pilot a new strategy to deliver digital textbooks that cost up to 80 percent less than traditional textbooks. In the “inclusive access” pilot, students in nine College of Social Work courses would pay $24 to $74 for digital textbooks that would cost $128 to $400 as traditional texts, for example. The university plans to expand the use of the inclusive access model in future years.
  • Allow students who take heavy academic loads to waive the cost of additional credit hours if they are doing so to complete their degrees or to take advantage of internships or research opportunities. Students can take up to 18 credit hours at the university’s full-time tuition rate, but students may take up to a maximum of 21 credit hours per term. For eligible students who obtain the approval of their academic advisors, these waivers would provide savings of more than $400 per additional credit hour.
  • Expand the university’s support of military families by applying in-state tuition regardless of a student’s residency. Ohio State already extends in-state rates to military families in most circumstances, but the intersection of federal rules, state law and university policy has created some exceptions that affect about two dozen students each semester. The new policy will clarify that active members of the military, veterans and their immediate family members (spouses and children) are to be granted in-state status.

“We explore every opportunity that will help advance access to a more affordable Buckeye education,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce A. McPheron.

The four new initiatives would become effective in spring 2019 if approved by the board.

Westerville student Emily DiAlbert for earned an 2018 ACA International Scholarship Awards.
https://www.sunburynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2018/09/web1_DiAlbert-Emily-cc-1.jpgWesterville student Emily DiAlbert for earned an 2018 ACA International Scholarship Awards.

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