Agreement guaranteeing admission, up to $28,000 in scholarships signed with Bloomsburg Area School District


By Tom McGuire

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield, together as Commonwealth University and the Bloomsburg Area School District (BASD), have signed an agreement guaranteeing admission, eligibility for merit-based scholarships, and on-campus housing at any of its locations.

The agreement guarantees admission for BASD 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 Bloomsburg Area School District.    
  • Bloomsburg Area School District graduates would be eligible for four tiers of academic merit scholarships according to the following academic preparedness of the student applicant:
  1. Tier 1 – 95% or above cumulative GPA at BASD - $28,000; $7,000 annually
  2. Tier 2 – 90-94% cumulative GPA at BASD - $24,000; $6,000 annually
  3. Tier 3 – 85-89% cumulative GPA at BASD - $16,000; $4,000 annually
  4. Tier 4 – 80-84% cumulative GPA at BASD - $12,000; $3,000 annually 
  • BASD 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.  

“Our region is fortunate to have high school students who are academically talented and will thrive as Huskies, Bald Eagles, and Mounties,” said Bashar W. Hanna, CommonwealthU president. “This agreement assures students from the Bloomsburg Area School District 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 why our mission to prepare students for their future careers results in 99% of our graduates 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.”

Jonathan Cleaver, superintendent of the Bloomsburg Area School District, knows this agreement, as a continuation of the partnership with Bloomsburg, has greatly benefitted the district’s students. 

“The students of the Bloomsburg Area School District and their families are the beneficiaries of this agreement. If they perform to their highest level of academic achievement during their four years at Bloomsburg High School they will have access to our region’s academic powerhouse, Commonwealth University” said Cleaver.  

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. “Many Bloomsburg Area School District students already take advantage of our Advance College Experience (ACE) program, which allows them to earn college credit while still in high school. 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.”

Currently, nine BASD junior and senior high schoolers are enrolled in the Advance College Experience (ACE) dual enrollment program, earning valuable college credits at Bloomsburg. Over the last three years, 27 BASD students have participated in the program.

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, including the Bloomsburg Area School District. 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.”

Photo Caption:

Shown from left, seated: Commonwealth President Dr. Bashar Hanna and Bloomsburg Area School District Mr. Jonathan J. Cleaver. Standing: Commonwealth Provost Dr. Diana Rogers-Adkinson; Mr. Jerome Manley, High School Principal; Mrs. Heaven Reinard, Middle School Principal; and Mr. Jason Moser, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Grant Writing.