SHU, Adrian Public Schools Announce Partnership

Siena Heights to Offer More Than $500,000 in Scholarships Over Next Four Years to Qualified AHS Students


Front, from left: SHU Vice President of Enrollment Management Frank Hribar, SHU President Sister Peg Albert, Adrian Public Schools Superintendent Del Cochran and Adrian High School Principal Chris Timmis; Back: Adrian High School students Shawn Thompson and Brandon Douglas.

Siena Heights University will offer more than $500,000 in scholarships over the next four years to qualified Adrian High School students as part of a partnership agreement signed Oct. 15.APS-web.jpg

Adrian High School and Siena Heights University officials announced the partnership during a joint press conference. The agreement would provide a guaranteed minimum of $6,000 in financial aid to qualified Adrian High School graduates who meet regular admissions criteria. It would also designate specific scholarships to qualified Adrian students.

“Honestly, I can’t decide what is more exciting... the scholarship opportunities for our students or the doors that open for future projects between Adrian High School and Siena Heights University,” said Adrian High School Principal Chris Timmis. “We have great students here at Adrian High School. Siena Heights is a wonderful school, and a partnership between the two institutions makes perfect sense.” shuseal.jpg

“Collaboration with community is one of the pillars of Siena Heights, and this partnership fits into our mission,” said SHU President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD. “This agreement just strengthens an already strong relationship Siena Heights has with Adrian High School. I am excited about the potential of this partnership.”

Under the partnership that runs until Sept. 1, 2012, Adrian High School students who attend Siena Heights on a full-time basis following their high school graduation are eligible for several designated scholarships, including two Trustee Scholarships ($10,000 per student per academic year), five Presidential Scholarships ($8,500), five Dean’s Scholarships ($6,000), five Siena Honor Scholarships ($4,000), two Performing Arts/Theatre Scholarships ($4,000) and two Fine Arts Scholarships ($4,000).

There will also be professional development opportunities for AHS 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 Adrian High School students who are part of a dual enrollment program. Siena Heights will also offer priority response for AHS students in regard to admissions decisions, residence hall accommodations, financial aid and other student support services.

“This is a great opportunity for both Adrian High School students and Siena Heights University,” said Adrian Superintendent Del Cochran. “This partnership opens doors for our students and builds a closer relationship between our school, the university and our community. The potential is unlimited, and the Adrian Public Schools looks forward to continued collaboration and cooperation with Siena Heights University.”

“We are also actively pursuing other potential partnership agreements,” said SHU Vice President of Enrollment Management Frank Hribar. “Earlier this year, we completed an Accelerated Business Program agreement with Jackson Community College at Vo-Tech. Siena Heights is always looking to develop educational partnerships.”

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.

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