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COTC Student Awarded Women Walking West Scholarship

‚ÄčSamantha Low of Pickerington is the mother of three young children, ages 4, 3, and 2. As you can imagine, life is pretty chaotic. Now add in that Low is a full-time college student at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC), and it is all-out bedlam.

"It takes a village, actually a large metropolis, to get through school with three young children," said Low. "Fortunately, I have a very supportive husband and family."

While the emotional support is helping the 33-year old manage her children and studies, Low and her family are still trying to balance the financial burden of college tuition. That's why the diagnostic medical sonography major applied for the Women Walking West scholarship.

"I heard about the scholarship and thought that I had to apply," said Low. "I knew it would be helpful to my family."

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Women Walking West was established in January 2015 to help foreign born women who legally come to America achieve their educational goals. The founder of the organization is Dr. George Sehi. Sehi came to the United States in 1975 from Iran to get an education. He had struggles himself, but believes that women coming from Third World countries are at a greater disadvantage than men when they come to the United States.

"I never forgot the challenges students' face, especially foreign students, as they try to navigate through the system," said Sehi.

Low was born in Canada. She moved to the United States in her early 20s when she accepted a job as a technical designer for Abercrombie and Fitch. Even though she loved the fashion industry, she realized it wasn't for her. Low decided to pursue a career in the healthcare field where she could make a difference and impact lives.

"I think the Women Walking West scholarship is wonderful," said Low. "It's great that it is specifically to help women. I am very appreciative."

Central Ohio Technical College opened in 1971 and is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs, as well as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential.  COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.