Adrian, MI – Siena Heights University has announced a $1 million endowed scholarship gift from the Adrian Dominican Sisters to support students that are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Here is the news release as presented on the University’s website:
“Siena Heights University is proud to announce a $1 million endowed scholarship gift from the Adrian Dominican Sisters to support students that are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. The Adrian Dominican Sisters Endowed Scholarship for Black, Indigenous, People of Color will be available to undergraduate students of color, with a preference to first year students. This is the third endowed scholarship gift exceeding $1 million in the history of Siena Heights University. Siena Heights University is sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters, and this gift will enhance the mission of both institutions. Siena’s mission as a Catholic University founded and sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters, is to “assist others to become more competent, purposeful, and ethical in a teaching and learning environment which respects the dignity of all.” In the mission of Jesus, the Adrian Dominican Sisters serve as “bearers and recipients of HIS love, co-creators of his justice and peace.” As Dominican preachers, they are “Impelled by the Gospel and outraged by the injustices of our day, [to] seek truth, make peace, and reverence life.” In making the gift, Sister Patricia Siemen, OP, Prioress, stated, “We make this investment out of love and support for the university our foremothers founded more than 100 years ago and for the students who today are seeking Siena’s outstanding values-based education. It is our intention in establishing this endowment to make reparation for our Congregation’s participation in racism and to advance racial equality and transformative justice in our world.” “We at Siena Heights are so grateful to the Adrian Dominican Sisters for this wonderfully generous gift to support our students of color,” said SHU President Sister Peg Albert. “Siena’s mission has always focused on respecting the dignity of all, and this gift is such an important means of advancing our mission in today’s world. We are truly blessed by the Adrian Dominican Sisters, whose unwavering generosity continues to provide pathways for our students of color to bring positive change to our world.”
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