SHU Inks Partnership with Morenci Area Schools

Agreement to Provide Scholarships, Minimum of $5,000 Financial Aid to Qualified Morenci High School Graduates

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


Morenci Area Schools and Siena Heights University officials finalized the partnership, which will provide a guaranteed minimum of $5,000 in financial aid to qualified Morenci High School graduates who meet regular admissions criteria. It would also designate specific scholarships to qualified Morenci students.


“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. “We have had a strong relationship with Morenci Schools in the past, and it has always had an outstanding reputation of educating its students. We are proud to enter into this partnership that will benefit both Morenci and Siena Heights.”


Under the partnership that runs until Sept. 1, 2012, Morenci 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 Morenci Area 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.


In recognition of Morenci Area Schools’ commitment to excellence and mission to prepare lifelong learners, two additional, one-year scholarships of $2,000 will be awarded to students (above the $5,000 general commitment) in the areas of Health Care and International Business to students who qualify for regular admission to the university and do not receive a Merit Scholarship.


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 Morenci Area Schools students.


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


This partnership was developed uniquely for Morenci Area Schools and is the culmination of collaboration and dialog between Siena and the school district,” said SHU Vice President of Enrollment Management Frank Hribar. “This partnership reflects a commitment, both in spirit and in real dollars, on the part of Siena Heights to reach out to Morenci Area Schools. We truly value our local students; and, we desire to put that commitment into action.”


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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