Qualified HHS graduates to Receive Guaranteed $5,000 Minimum in Financial Aid; Scholarship Commitments Total More Than $500,000
Hudson High School Principal Mike Osborne (sitting, at left) and Siena Heights University President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD (at right), finalized a partnership between the two institutions March 19. Standing (from left) are Karen Cheney, Sara Johnson, Susan Mansfield, Sarah Baker Korth, Sister Sharon Weber, OP, PhD, and C. Patrick Palmer.
Qualified Hudson Community Schools graduates will receive a guaranteed minimum of $5,000 in financial aid and scholarship commitments totaling more than $500,000 from Siena Heights University after a recent partnership agreement was signed.
“We are pleased to welcome Hudson Community Schools to this partnership,” said SHU President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD. “With the financial aid this partnership promises, we hope Hudson students will look at Siena Heights as an affordable higher education option.”
“I think it’s a great opportunity for our students. Financially this will be a great benefit to them, but academically also,” said Hudson High School Principal Mike Osborne. “With this time of increased requirements for students, to have an incentive like this for them to pursue a college career makes it more practical and attainable for them.”
Under the partnership that runs until Sept. 1, 2013, Hudson students who attend Siena Heights on a full-time basis following their high school graduation are eligible for several designated scholarships, including five Trustee Scholarships ($10,000 per student per academic year), five Presidential Scholarships ($8,500) and five Dean’s Scholarships ($6,000) for qualified students attending directly from Hudson Community 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) HHS graduate. The amount is inclusive of athletic grants.
“We have reached out to Hudson students recently with our Freshman Focus program, and this agreement just formalizes our partnership with Hudson Community Schools,” said SHU Vice President of Enrollment Management C. Patrick Palmer. “Siena Heights recognizes the importance of providing an affordable educational option for our local students, and this is another example of our commitment to this philosophy.”
In addition, four one-year scholarships of $2,000 will be awarded to students (above the $5,000 general commitment) in the areas of special education, mathematics/science, teacher certification and health care professions to students who qualify for regular admission to the University and do not receive a merit scholarship listed above. Siena Heights will make a yearly financial commitment of $122,500 for each entering class.
There will also be professional development opportunities for HHS 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 Hudson High School students who are part of a dual enrollment program. Siena Heights will also offer priority response for HHS students in regard to admissions decisions, residence hall accommodations, financial aid and other student support services.
For more information about the partnership or about any other scholarship opportunities at Siena Heights University, please call 1-800-521-0009 or 517-264-7180.