No package yet - my husband said that it was said many times that the packages would be sent out within 2 weeks.
It is my understanding that the $8000 is a starting point - albeit the most usual award. The tech valley scholarship is another program run by Siena through a grant they received a few years ago. It is for qualified biochemistry (for the most part) majors - and biology and chemistry I think (have to be 'pure' majors, cannot be bio or chem pre-med). She was invited to apply for the scholarship. I don't know if she'll get it or not - I believe the gave out 9 last year. This scholarship could cover up to full tuition at Siena (plus a laptop and some other things).
The only true interview my daughter had was for the tech valley scholarship. The presidential scholarship time slot was more of a tour of the buildings she will be in for her major and a talk about the department. So, there was no chance really to distinguish yourself from others in the group.
My husband prefers the strong science program at Siena over the academics at her first choice (High Point University). She leans towards HPU. I want her to go where she feels comfortable.
I didn't realize it, but my husband said that Siena had 3 scholarship weekends - and he said there were probably around 500 kids at the one they attended on the 6th. That's a lot of scholarships! I think they realize that they are often not a first choice so they cast a wide net.