College prep night a hit at Fifth Third Field

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

College prep night a hit at Fifth Third Field

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

More than 1,000 students, parents and guardians were expected Wednesday night for college prep night at Fifth Third Field downtown, hosted by the Dayton Dragons and Fifth Third Bank.

The free event was a one-stop resource to guide prospective students and their families on planning pathways to and through college.

High school students were able to speak with representatives from colleges and universities from all over the nation, and one lucky student was awarded a $1,000 college scholarship, courtesy of Fifth Third Bank.

More than 1,000 students and their guests were expected to attend and more than 70 colleges and universities were expected to participate.

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The University of Dayton, Wright State University, Kettering College, Ohio University, Miami (Ohio) University, the University of Cincinnati, Ohio Army National Guard and many more schools from around the country signed up to attend.

"Fifth Third is committed to growing the financial knowledge of families and students as they make decisions about their future," said Doug Compton, city executive for the bank.

"It is important that we play a role in providing information that will help them successfully navigate their options regarding college,” he said. “We are honored to provide a scholarship to a student who has made the decision to continue their education and we are dedicated to continue participating in events like college prep night that make a long-lasting, positive difference in the communities that we serve."

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Students and their families also were able to participate in workshops on everything they need to know about college.

One of the seminars featured Fifth Third Bank officials, who discussed choosing the right college savings, part of a 13-program series called Empower U.