Blissfield Community Schools, SHU Sign Partnership

Siena Heights University Offering Nearly $500,000 in Scholarships and Financial Aid Over the Next Four Years


Siena Heights University President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD, (at left) and Blissfield Community Schools Superintendent Scott Moellenberndt recently finalized the partnership that would provide nearly $500,000 in scholarships and financial aid over the next four years to qualified Blissfield High School graduates.


Siena Heights University will offer nearly $500,000 in scholarships and financial aid over the next four years to qualified Blissfield High School students as part of a partnership agreement.


Blissfield Community Schools and Siena Heights University officials finalized the partnership during Blissfield’s Nov. 19 school board meeting. The agreement would provide a guaranteed minimum of $5,000 in financial aid to qualified Blissfield High School graduates who meet regular admissions criteria. It would also designate specific scholarships to qualified Blissfield students.


“We are excited to be able to enter in a collaborative agreement between Blissfield Community Schools and Siena Heights University,” said Blissfield Community Schools Superintendent Scott Moellenberndt. “Given the geographic proximity to one another, not only will this be a benefit to our graduates with scholarships, but also to our staff members and community as we look to utilize facilities and professional development opportunities.” 


“This agreement is just another example of the community collaboration Siena Heights University has always tried to foster,” said SHU President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD. “Blissfield Community Schools has always had an outstanding reputation of educating its students, and we are proud to enter into this partnership that will benefit both Blissfield and Siena Heights.”


Under the partnership that runs until Sept. 1, 2012, Blissfield 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 Blissfield 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) BHS graduate. The amount is inclusive of athletic grants.


Siena Heights will make a financial commitment of $122,500 for each entering class and a total financial commitment of $494,000 in combined offerings over a four-year period to Blissfield Community Schools students.


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


“It’s a wonderful opportunity for our students,” said Blissfield High School Principal Jerry Johnson. “I think it’s a win-win for the university, and to have quality education made affordable for our students.”


“This partnership represents a continued effort to serve the needs of our local community,” said SHU Vice President of Enrollment Management Frank Hribar. “Sister Peg has challenged us to ‘think higher,’ and the highest form of appreciation for that outcome is not to utter words, by to live by them and produce truly collaborative results.”


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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