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18516Appalachian Scholars Open House reception 12/10/07...Laura Kelley, from inaugural class & Elizabeth Wolfe..Appalachian Scholars program: A Q&A.Information session scheduled tonight.Dec. 10, 2007.By George Mauzy..The Athens campus will host its third annual Appalachian Scholars information session for high school students and parents at 7 p.m. today in the Baker University Center Ballroom. Organizers will outline the program's requirements and answer questions...In anticipation of tonight's event, Outlook asked Associate Provost for Appalachian Access and Enrichment Programs Richard Greenlee to share his thoughts about the program. But first, some background...The Appalachian Scholars award, now in its second year, is a need-based, renewable four-year scholarship award valued at $10,000 each year. It includes an annual book stipend and participation in a yearly leadership seminar...The university has 20 Appalachian Scholars on five campuses, including 12 on the Athens campus and two on each regional campus except Lancaster, which is not in one of Ohio's 29 Appalachian counties. This fall's class of 10 recipients was chosen from more than 150 applicants...Last year's Appalachian Scholars information session, the first large-scale public event held in the new University Center, attracted more than 200 people. A similar crowd is expected tonight...The Eastern campus will host its info session at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Shannon Hall. The Chillicothe and Southern campuses have already held their sessions, and one is expected to be scheduled on the Zanesville campus in January...Why is the Appalachian Scholars program important?..It demonstrates the university's commitment to families and communities in the 29-county region by helping high school students attain a college education...The program teaches students and their families how to navigate the educational experience. It promotes economical sustainability and social mobility by providing the students with an educati