University expands scholarships for valedictorians

Shippensburg University is expanding its Valedictorian Board of Governors Scholarship so talented students in 10 Southcentral Pennsylvania counties now have another reason to make the smart choice to attend Shippensburg.

The scholarship, established last academic year, was for students in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Perry and York counties. This year, valedictorians in the 11 high schools in Fulton, Huntington, Juniata, and Mifflin counties are now eligible for the scholarship. Recipients receive an annual $5,000 scholarship for up to four years. Fifteen scholarships are available. Last year, three valedictorians decided to attend Shippensburg this semester.

"By adding the four new counties, additional outstanding students will have the opportunity to attend Shippensburg and the funds will allow them to focus on their dreams and to excel," said University President William N. Ruud. "One of Pennsylvania’s greatest strengths is its higher education system that provides motivated and dedicated students with the chance to earn a degree and to become future leaders of the Commonwealth and beyond."

Each scholarship is renewable for up to four years as long as students meet appropriate academic requirements, maintain a minimum quality grade point average of at least 3.0, and earn at least 12 credits per semester.

The change also dovetails with the university’s participation in a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation grant awarded last year in which Shippensburg and three other universities are developing a college access network to provide one-on-one advising services to 2,400 high school students in the nine school districts in Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata and Mifflin counties.

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