University of Pennsylvania and Milton Hershey School signed a Memorandum of
Understanding on December 7.
formalizes a partnership that aims to provide more focused and sustained support to
low-income, first-generation college students, a demographic that includes many
“We have been
very proud to educate students from Milton Hershey School, and we have a great
opportunity to expand our existing partnership and support for Milton Hershey
School students, focusing on our goal of helping all of our students to
succeed,” IUP President Michael Driscoll said. “The Milton Hershey School
does a great job in preparing students to achieve their higher education goals,
as well as life goals.
“With this MOU,
we also demonstrate our commitment to building even stronger connections
between our two institutions in order that Milton Hershey School students can
know all the possibilities IUP can offer.”
will provide MHS students with more tools and resources to set them up for
success at IUP as well as individualized academic coaching to enhance the MHS
student experience and graduation outcomes.
partnership demonstrates IUP and Milton Hershey School’s combined commitment to
helping students from lower income backgrounds realize their postsecondary
goals through individualized attention and resources,” MHS Vice President of
Graduate Programs for Success Tanya Barton said.
are taking an active role in supporting first-generation college students so
they reach graduation, graduate on time, and succeed academically,” Barton
Over the past 10
years, 77 to 94 percent of MHS graduates attended a postsecondary institution
compared to the national average of 66 to 70 percent.