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LA ROCHE COLLEGE SCHOLAR PROGRAM HELPS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS EASE FRESHMAN WORKLOAD AND PARENTS’ FINANCIAL BURDEN


7/24/2008

Pittsburgh, July 16, 2008 — Teens may be concurrently enrolled in high school while also earning college credits, making it easier on their parents’ bank accounts when it comes time to go to a four-year college. The La Roche College Scholar Program allows high school juniors and seniors a chance to earn college credits right in their own classrooms at a minimal cost. Through this dual enrollment program, teens going into their freshman year of college will be ahead of the game.

The program is designed to assist high school students with earning up to 15 college credits in two years while on site at their schools. Prospective students can then choose to use those credits toward a La Roche College degree, or transfer their credits to one of the many participating colleges – lightening their freshman course load in the process.

Currently, students can choose from classes ranging from from accounting and electronic publishing to drawing and macroeconomics. Some of the La Roche partner high schools for this program are: Avonworth, Baldwin, Central Catholic, Hampton, North Allegheny, North Hills, Pine Richland, Seton-La Salle and Shaler. A full list of high schools and colleges accepting credits is available on the college’s website: www.laroche.edu.

Founded in 1995 by the former Director of Academic Advisement at La Roche, Yvonne Hennigan, the Scholar Program was initially created to encourage students whose own parents did not attend college to realize their own educational dreams and pursuits. By introducing students to college classes in their own high schools at a reasonable cost, the theory was that more students would then choose to further their education.

Typically, Scholar attracted smaller schools in outlying areas; today, schools of all size participate in the program, which continues to expand. It now boasts more than 500 student participants thanks, in large part, to the most recent program director, Sister Sally Witt, C.S.J., who built on Yvonne Hennigan’s early success. Sister Sally recently accepted a position within her order, and the new acting director is a former Scholar teacher – Chiara Sauret of McCandless.

“We have gotten very positive feedback through the student evaluations, and the program just continues to grow,” Ms. Sauret said. “One student mentioned that she was able to triple major because she had this head start [in earning credits]. La Roche has the ability, as a smaller private college, to customize programs for the students. We also allow them and their teachers to utilize our facilities and come to events – anything to encourage their interest in continuing their education.”

When students opt to attend La Roche College, they qualify for a one-time Scholar Financial Award of $2,000 provided they are seniors who have completed three or more college credits through the program. Also, a college application waiver fee is granted for teachers choosing to do their continuing education at La Roche. For more information on the Scholar program, call 412-536-1286 or go to www.laroche.edu/academics/scholar.

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