Emerging Scholars Program

The Emerging Scholars Program is designed to benefit students during their transition to college. A limited number of incoming Exploratory students will be selected to participate in the program each fall. Students are chosen to participate based on their time of confirmation and interest in the program.

Emerging Scholars typically earn a higher average GPA than other Exploratory students – many of them earning Dean’s List status in their first semester.

Based on educational research, the program includes components that:

  • ease the transition to college;
  • increase student success and persistence;
  • assist students’ adjustment to the rigors of college-level academics;
  • foster important early relationships and connections with faculty and peers. 

As a first-semester Shippensburg University Emerging Scholar, you will take a three-credit First-Year Seminar, ASP 101: Introduction to Higher Education, that provides valuable instruction in:

  • college-level learning, exam-taking, and note-taking strategies
  • time management
  • major and career exploration
  • personal development

In addition to the First-Year Seminar, you will:

  • be registered for four General Education courses, thus earning 15 total credits towards your Shippensburg degree in your first semester;
  • be assigned a Peer Mentor to assist your transition to college life;
  • engage in a Learning Community where you will take several courses with your Emerging Scholar peers;
  • have the opportunity to enroll in a Living-Learning Community (Discover SU!) where you would share a residence hallway with other Emerging Scholars.

Students who participate in the Emerging Scholars Program have the opportunity to do well academically and build important connections with their peers and faculty, while gaining insights into their major and career goals in their first semester at Ship. They agree that Shippensburg University’s Emerging Scholars Program allowed them to have the strongest possible start to college, as indicated in the following testimonials:

I wanted to express how grateful I am [for] being in the Emerging Scholars Program at Shippensburg University! Professor Murray’s class helped me transition from high school classes to college lectures. She goes out of her way to help our class and her other students. We have learned how to prioritize our social life and academic life as well as learning how to study for quizzes/exams. In the beginning of my first semester, I valued the fact that I had mostly the same students in my Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes. Seeing these other students on a regular basis helped create new friendships that would not [have] been possible without this program. I am so thankful for all this program has done for me and I hope it can help students in the future the same way that it has helped me. (Kate Sobota, Class of 2020)
My daughter, Emily is one of several Exploratory Studies students to participate in the Emerging Scholars Program at Shippensburg University. Any questions that I had as a parent were always answered promptly by dedicated members of the faculty and administration. This program definitely eases the transition to college life. Emily earned Dean's List status following her first semester at Ship. She has also made solid friendships with students who were in many of her classes last semester. I am grateful that she is part of this program and I look forward to her continued academic success! (Amy Vogel Steinbeiser, Class of 1988)
I am currently a sophomore majoring in Social Work with a Psychology minor. During the summer of 2015, when I began my journey at Shippensburg University I was part of the Emerging Scholars program. Being a strong academic student in high school, this program helped me build on that academic strength. I was able to evaluate my weaknesses and acquire a new perspective in order to become successful. Dr. Marshall, my ASP 101 faculty instructor, and Dean Yarwood believed and trusted in me which planted the seed for me to believe and trust in myself. Where I was once shy, I now opened up to the challenges and opportunities the program had to offer. I can happily say that I have gained the skills to enhance both my academic and social life here at Ship. Last semester I was given the opportunity to mentor a group of first year students for the program. Now seeing my mentees becoming a part of the many organizations on campus validates that I helped them in a way that enhanced their experience here at Ship. (Brenda Onzere, Class of 2019)

If you are interested in participating in the Emerging Scholars Program, and would like to know more about this valuable opportunity, please contact us at dsyarwood@ship.edu.