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17 receive Hancock Promise for Fall 2022

June 15, 2022

Hancock Promise Senior Award Night 2022

At Hancock Central High School’s Senior Awards Night on May 17, Finlandia’s Education Partner Manager and Dual Enrollment Advisor Lauren Huested proudly presented 18 students with awards and scholarships to attend FinnU in Fall 2022. Jaidyn Laroe was the sole recipient of the free full tuition Rise Together Scholarship and 17 received the Hancock Promise.

In her roles with Finlandia Admissions, Huested hit the road last fall with the challenge of visiting 60 U.P. high schools in 60 days. Known as 60 in 60, the campaign set out to engage with students in their classrooms with sessions covering personal and professional development, career planning, FAFSA Q&As and many other topics revolving around student development. 

“Over this past school year, I have had the opportunity to work with Hancock seniors in their classrooms and outside of the classroom by assisting them with their applications to the university and teaching lessons about personal and professional development,” Huested said. “Finlandia is a small school but with a diverse student body with students coming from all over Michigan, all over the United States and even internationally. We are thrilled to see our local students join the Finlandia community and stay within their own community as well.”

An agreement dating back to 2009 between the Hancock school district and Finlandia, the Hancock Promise allows Hancock Central High School graduates to attend FinnU at a tuition cost of up to only $2,500 per school year. In 2020, a seven-year extension was announced for the Hancock Promise.

“We are so excited for the extension and the opportunities it will provide to many more Hancock students well into the future,” Dean of Enrollment Anthony Schwass said. “It is amazing to see incoming students bring in the skills they have acquired during their time at Hancock Central High School and apply them in our collegiate setting. Our learning community is one that is shared, and will continue to be for years to come.”

For students not eligible for the Hancock Promise, FinnU offers numerous scholarship opportunities in its mission to make affordable higher education for all such as the Lake Effect Scholarship (tuition reduced to $2,500 per year), $10,000 Finnish Strong Transfer Scholarship, U.P. Commitment Scholarship ($4,000), Western Great Lakes Scholarship (up to $4,000) and the Rise Together free full-tuition scholarship.

Learn more about Finlandia’s dedication to affordable higher education for all and other scholarship opportunities at finlandia.edu/scholarships. Reach out to Finlandia Admissions directly by visiting finlandia.edu/admissions.

2022 Hancock Promise recipients

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