Britton-Macon Area Schools Signs Partnership Agreement With SHU

Qualified Britton-Macon Area Schools Graduates Will Receive Guaranteed Minimum of $5,000 in Financial Aid and Scholarship Commitments

Qualified Britton-Macon Area Schools graduates will receive a guaranteed minimum of $5,000 in financial aid and scholarship commitments totaling $400,000 from Siena Heights University after a recent partnership agreement was signed.


“We are pleased to call Britton-Macon Area Schools partners in education,” said SHU President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD. “With the financial aid this partnership promises, along with the tuition freeze we recently announced, we hope Britton-Macon students will look at Siena Heights as an affordable higher education option.”


Britton is very pleased to enter into this arrangement with Siena,” said Britton-Macon Superintendent Charles Pelham. “As I watch the students go through the halls, I see several students wearing Siena Heights t-shirts and sweatshirts. I think this partnership can help our community. If we provide an opportunity for our students to attend Siena we might be able to keep these students here in Lenawee County. Britton-Macon Area Schools values the same educational standards as does Siena Heights. This partnership will benefit Britton students for many years to come.


Under the partnership that runs until Sept. 1, 2012, Britton-Macon 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 Britton-Macon 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) BMHS graduate. The amount is inclusive of athletic grants.


“I am excited about this agreement because it was a truly collaborative effort,” said SHU Vice President of Enrollment Management Frank Hribar. “Elizabeth Roe, Charles Pelham and John Eisley at Britton-Macon provided a great deal of input, and the final outcome is a strong arrangement.”


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, business administration 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.


This agreement, coupled with our tuition freeze, provides Britton-Macon students access to a private, four-year university education in a time where finances are a big concerns for local families,” Hribar said.


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