Clinton Community Schools Signs Partnership with SHU

Clinton High School Graduates Will Receive Minimum of $5,000 in Financial Aid and/or Scholarships

Qualified Clinton Community 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 recognize Clinton Community Schools’ commitment to academic excellence and are pleased to call them 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 Clinton students will look at Siena Heights as an affordable higher education option.”


“Clinton Community Schools are appreciated and excited about the most recent agreed upon partnership with Siena Heights University,” said Clinton Community Schools Superintendent David Pray. “The opportunities afforded not only to our students in the form of financial support, but also to our staff in the area of professional development, make this a true partnership between the district and the university.”


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


“Clinton Community Schools instill in its students small-town values, and yet, prepares its students for the endless possibilities the future brings,” said SHU Vice President of Enrollment Management Frank Hribar. “Its motto of ‘endless possibilities’ resonates with us at Siena; and, we look forward to working with its students to continue the preparation required to meet the challenges of the future. We can exceed student expectations for learning while providing an affordable educational environment consistent with the values the Clinton Community Schools have established. What a powerful partnership!”  


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.


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