Partners in Education
Siena Heights Signs Agreements with Area Schools, International Organizations
Siena Heights University has recently signed partnership agreements with several area high schools that will provide a guaranteed minimum of $5,000 in financial aid to qualified graduates who meet regular admissions criteria. The agreement will also designate specific scholarships to qualified partner school students.
In Lenawee County, Adrian, Blissfield, Britton-Macon, Clinton, Deerfield, Madison, Morenci, Onsted, Sand Creek and Tecumseh schools have signed on as partners with Siena Heights. Central Catholic High School in Toledo, Ohio, also agreed to a partnership arrangement.
Under the partnerships that run until Sept. 1, 2012, partner school students who attend Siena Heights on a full-time basis following their high school graduation are eligible for several designated scholarships, including Trustee Scholarships ($10,000 per student per academic year), Presidential Scholarships ($8,500) and Dean’s Scholarships ($6,000 for qualified students attending directly from partner schools. For students who do not qualify for an above listed merit scholarships, a guaranteed minimum amount of $5,000 in Siena Heights University institutional financial aid for any qualified (regular admission criteria) graduate. The amount is inclusive of athletic grants.
There will also be professional development opportunities for partner school faculty and staff, such as on-site continuing educational courses, workshops and presentations covering a wide variety of academic and other educational interests. Special admission consideration will also be made for qualified partner school students who are part of a dual enrollment program. Siena Heights will also offer priority response for partner school students in regard to admissions decisions, residence hall accommodations, financial aid and other student support services.
Besides area high school partnerships, Siena Heights has also agreed to a couple of partnerships with international implications. Siena Heights officials recently traveled to Dearborn, Mich., to finalize a partnership with the National Association of Yemeni Americans (NAYA). The SHU Heritage Scholarship Program is designated for students endorsed by NAYA.
Siena Heights also recently reached an agreement with China’s Yanshan University that will provide an interchange of both faculty and students between the two institutions. This agreement will develop academic and cultural interchanges through mutual assistance in the areas of education and scholarly activities.
Finally, the art departments at Siena Heights University and Washtenaw Community College recently reached articulation agreements allowing WCC graduates to seamlessly transfer to Siena Heights’ four-year graphic design and photography degree programs. This articulation agreement will allow for art majors to seamlessly transfer from Washtenaw Community College to Siena Heights University.