SHU Partners with Sand Creek Community Schools

Special Focus in Areas of Special Education, Mathematics/ Science/ Environmental Science, Teacher Certification and Health Care Professions

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


“We are thrilled Sand Creek Community Schools has become one of our local educational partners,” said SHU President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD. “Sand Creek has an outstanding academic reputation, and its students are one of Siena’s primary recruiting targets. With the financial aid this partnership promises, along with the tuition freeze we recently announced, we hope Sand Creek students will look at Siena Heights as an affordable higher education option.”


“We at Sand Creek Community Schools are excited about the partnership between us and SHU,” said Sand Creek Superintendent John Hackett. “This will provide educational opportunities to our graduating seniors as well as our instructional staff. The designated scholarships for students will help provide additional monetary support for students hoping to achieve the dream of a college degree.”


Under the partnership that runs until Sept. 1, 2012, Sand Creek students who attend Siena Heights on a full-time basis following their high school graduation are eligible for several designated scholarships, including three Trustee Scholarships ($10,000 per student per academic year), four Presidential Scholarships ($8,500) and five Dean’s Scholarships ($6,000) for qualified students attending directly from Sand Creek 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) SCHS graduate. The amount is inclusive of athletic grants.


“I am particularly pleased with the final outcome of this agreement,” said SHU Vice President of Enrollment Management Frank Hribar. “The final agreement comes following considerable conversation and dialog with the school board and administration regarding the needs of the Sand Creek Community Schools and its students.”


In addition, three 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/environmental 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 $94,000 for each entering class and a total financial commitment of more than $400,000 in combined offerings over a four-year period to Sand Creek students.


“The agreement specifically rewards students pursuing programs in environmental science, special education, health care and teacher certification,” Hribar said. “These are programs of particular strength for Siena and align with the rich history of Sand Creek Community Schools. This is a good match.”


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