Agreement Guaranteeing Admission and up to $28,000 in Scholarships Signed Between Local School Districts and CommonwealthU

Bloomsburg, PA (10/18/2022) — Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield, together as Commonwealth University and 17 school districts in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania, have signed an agreement guaranteeing admission, eligibility for merit-based scholarships, and on-campus housing at any of its locations.

The school districts included in the agreements are: Berwick, Benton, Bloomsburg, Central Columbia, Columbia/Montour Vo Tech, Danville, Hazleton, Lewisburg, Millville, Milton Area, Mount Carmel, North Schuylkill, Selinsgrove, Shamokin, Southern Columbia, Warrior Run, and Shikellamy.

The signing is the third of three that will bring together 50 school districts from Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania and guarantee their graduates admission and the chance for a financially responsible degree option to prepare for in-demand careers at one of the three campuses of Commonwealth University.

The agreement guarantees admission for the graduates who enroll in a bachelor's degree program and who meet the following criteria:

Apply for admission to any location within Commonwealth University no later than December 15 of the student's senior year.

Graduate from their respective school districts.

Those graduates would be eligible for four tiers of academic merit scholarships according to the following academic preparedness of the student applicant:

All scholarship recipients must remain enrolled full-time at Commonwealth University for a minimum of 12 credits per academic semester and maintain an overall GPA of 2.50 to remain in good academic standing and, therefore, eligible for the scholarship.

The scholarship is renewable for up to four (4) academic years, or eight (8) consecutive fall and spring academic semesters, if the criteria above are met.

On-campus housing at the Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, or Mansfield campuses, will be guaranteed for up to four (4) years of full-time student enrollment.

Nursing, physician assistant, and other health professions programs remain selective and have additional requirements or capacities. For these programs, it is vital that students apply as early as possible to these majors to receive early consideration for admission.

"These agreements signify the power of partnership to make a significant impact in the lives of our region's students. We are fortunate to have academically talented and driven high school students in our region who will thrive as Huskies, Bald Eagles, and Mounties. We look forward to welcoming them to our campuses," said Bashar W. Hanna, Commonwealth U president.

"This agreement assures students from our partner school districts who work hard and display a spirit and resolve to complete a college degree have the opportunity to attend our institution at an affordable cost. Student success is at the heart of what we do, and our mission to prepare students for their future careers results in 99% of our graduates being employed or in graduate programs within a year of graduation. With more access to academic programs, professional experiences, internships, and uncommon experiences, these students have opportunities far and above what any one location could offer independently. This partnership harnesses the 'Power of Three' for our students, their families, and our community."

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Diana Rogers-Adkinson spoke of how this will benefit both the students and employers in the region.

"This agreement will benefit the students we serve, including the portion who are first-generation students," Rogers-Adkinson said. "Now it will be even easier and more affordable for them to continue their studies at one of our Commonwealth U locations to earn their degree."

"In addition, this agreement will benefit workforce development in our region and beyond," Rogers-Adkinson said. "Keeping our best and brightest in our region will strengthen our communities for years to come."

Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield are boldly investing in the people and communities of Pennsylvania, together as Commonwealth University. The University is an affordable, student-centered academic powerhouse where the leading programs of our legacy institutions not only remain but grow even stronger. More than 80% of CU students are enrolled in foundational, in-demand programs like:

Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield also continue to offer student activities, clubs, events, and campus life for an unforgettable college experience. A full complement of NCAA athletic programs at each campus leads the spirit of Huskies, Bald Eagles, and Mountaineers.

According to Tom Fletcher, Senior Advisor to the President for Strategic Partnerships, "This agreement further solidifies the great working relationship we have with our local school districts. And now, with our Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, Mansfield, and Clearfield locations, Commonwealth University offers even more benefits for students and their families. It's a powerful combination."

The integration of Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield universities under the banner of Commonwealth University is a bold investment in the communities and people of Pennsylvania. Our mission is to expand high-quality, affordable academic opportunities to support the needs of all learners. We're building a powerful tomorrow by boldly changing the trajectory of public higher education to position ourselves for growth, increased access, and to meet economic and workforce development needs. Together we're honoring our history, investing in today, and building a powerful tomorrow. That's the power of three.

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From left to right: Commonwealth University Provost and Senior Vice President Dr. Diana Rogers-Adkinson; Commonwealth University President Dr. Bashar Hanna; Danville School District Interim Superintendent Harry Mathias; Danville School District High School Principal Jeremy Winn '00/M'09

Commonwealth University President Dr. Bashar Hanna addresses those assembled.

From left to right: Commonwealth University Provost and Senior Vice President Dr. Diana Rogers-Adkinson; Commonwealth University President Dr. Bashar Hanna; Benton Area School District Superintendent James Geffkin; and Kelly Kocher, Guidance Counselor