Milton Hershey School and East Stroudsburg University Announce Partnership to Support Low-Income, First-Generation College Students

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The formalized partnership aims to provide focused and sustained support

ESU Provost/VP for Academic Affairs, Joanne Bruno, J.D.; ESU President, Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D.; MHS VP of Graduate Programs for Success, Tanya Barton; MHS Transition Specialist, Marina Garner.

“Our partnership with East Stroudsburg University demonstrates both our institutions’ commitment and dedication to providing more access to the postsecondary level for our students,” MHS Vice President of Graduate Programs for Success Tanya Barton said.

On Friday, Sept. 15, Milton Hershey School® and East Stroudsburg University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The formalized partnership aims to provide focused and sustained support to low-income, first generation college students—which includes many MHS students.

“Our partnership with East Stroudsburg University demonstrates both our institutions’ commitment and dedication to providing more access to the postsecondary level for our students,” MHS Vice President of Graduate Programs for Success Tanya Barton said. “The MOU signifies an additional layer of support that our students can count on to receive the resources they need to pursue and reach their goals.”

The agreement will provide MHS students with more tools and resources to set them up for success at ESU as well as individualized academic coaching to enhance the MHS student experience and graduation outcomes.

“We are pleased to be working with institutions like ESU that see the value in offering targeted support to first-generation college students.”

The formal partnership supports the School’s commitment to student success following graduation. Milton Hershey School’s Graduate Programs for Success (GPS) Division provides students and alumni with a multi-tiered system of support that addresses their individual needs while fostering independence. Through the GPS Division, dedicated career counselors, teachers, and transition specialists support students and alumni of all ages beginning in middle school and continuing to their time in college, technical programs, the workforce, or the military.

Learn more about Milton Hershey School and its postgraduate support program at mhskids.org.

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