Onsted Community Schools Signs Partnership With SHU

Partnership Will Provide Minimum of $5,000 in Financial Aid to Qualified Onsted graduates; Also Designates Specific Scholarships


Siena Heights University President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD, finalizes the partnership with Onsted Community Schools Superintendent Mark Haag and Board of Education President David Barricklow.


Onsted Community Schools and Siena Heights University officials recently finalized a partnership that will provide a guaranteed minimum of $5,000 in financial aid to qualified Onsted High School graduates who meet regular admissions criteria. The agreement will also designate specific scholarships to qualified Onsted students.


“We are proud to call Onsted Community Schools partners in education,” said SHU President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD. “We look forward to deepening our relationship with one of the area’s finest school systems.”


“Onsted Community Schools are very excited about the partnership agreement, not only for the opportunities it creates for higher education of our graduates, but also for the other doors it may open,” said Onsted Superintendent Mark Haag. “The personalized approach and attention from the staff of Siena Heights throughout this process only confirms Siena’s commitment to providing quality and value to the entire Lenawee County community. We feel fortunate to enter into this partnership.”


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


In addition, four additional, 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 University merit scholarship listed above.


“We are delighted to enter into this partnership with the Onsted Community Schools,” said SHU Vice President of Enrollment Management Frank Hribar. “This partnership is developed following a series of meetings to determine how is can best serve the needs of the students and community. This agreement, unlike others we have developed, places a special emphasis on career programs in special education, math and science, health care and nursing.”


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


There will also be professional development opportunities for OHS 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 Onsted High School students who are part of a dual enrollment program. Siena Heights will also offer priority response for OHS 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.

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