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Honors Scholarships and Grants

Wood Honors College students are eligible to apply for the following Honors scholarships to support their undergraduate research, creative, and service-learning projects; their participation in U.S. and international study away programs; and their travel to Honors conferences.

More information about these and other experiential learning scholarship opportunities is announced in the Honors Weekly Updates. Honors scholarship application deadlines are posted on the Honors Calendar of Events on the Wood Honors College D2L site. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Kim Klein, Director, Wood Honors College, at

Honors Undergraduate Research, Creative, and Service-Learning Projects Scholarships

Reber-Offner Summer Research Grants

The Reber-Offner Summer Research Grant Program awards a $5000 scholarship to a female Honors first- or second-year student majoring in chemistry, computer science or engineering, mathematics, and/or physics. The purpose of the grant is to provide an intensive  summer research experience for a student early in her undergraduate career that can serve as a foundation for applying for competitive external research opportunities during subsequent years, such as the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program. The grant is ideally suited for students who plan to go to graduate school because it helps them develop a strong record of undergraduate research, a critical component of successful graduate school applications. The application is available on the Forms page of the Honors website.

Honors Capstone Project Grants

The Wood Honors College awards grants of up to $1000 to support Honors students’ capstone research, creative, and service-learning projects. Eligible expenses include laboratory equipment or supplies; computer software, hardware, or time; art equipment or supplies; books or published materials not available through the library; travel related to data collection or field work; printing of research posters; and travel to professional meetings to present capstone projects. The application is available on the Forms page of the Honors website.

Portz Interdisciplinary Fellowships

The National Collegiate Honors Council’s (NCHC) Portz Fellowship program supports creative and innovative endeavors that cross boundaries, inviting application from individuals who wish to undertake cross disciplinary research or from a team of two students from different disciplines who propose a single collaborative project. Projects are funded for a period of up to eighteen months. In addition to two letters of recommendation from faculty members, an endorsement from Dr. Klein, Director, Wood Honors College, is required. The application is available on the NCHC website.

Honors Study Away Scholarships

PASSHE Summer Honors Program Scholarships

Each summer, one of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities hosts a three-week Summer Honors Program, with study taking place at the host university and an international destination. Two Shippensburg University Honors students receive full scholarships to participate in the program. The scholarship covers tuition, transportation, accommodations, meals, and admission fees for required program activities. Summer Honors Program destinations have included France, Norway, China, Ecuador, and Belize. Information about annual programs and the scholarship application are distributed through the Honors Weekly Updates.

Honors Study Abroad Scholarships

The Wood Honors College awards scholarships of up to $400 to support Honors students’ semester- or year-long study abroad experiences. The scholarship may be used to fund any eligible study abroad expense, such as airfare, tuition, or housing. The application is available on the Forms page of the Honors website.

Partners in the Parks Scholarships

Partners in the Parks is a national Honors experiential learning program, which offers unique opportunities for Honors students to engage in immersive outdoor learning experiences in our national parks. The week-long seminars are led by Honors faculty and National Park Service personnel and focus on historical, scientific, cultural, and other important elements unique to a given national park. Projects also take advantage of exciting recreational opportunities in the parks to broaden participants’ understanding of the overall value of national parks to our country and its citizens. The schedule of Partners in the Parks programs is posted on the National Collegiate Honors Council website.

Shippensburg Honors students have participated in Partners in the Parks programs at Acadia, Sequoia, Mount Rainier, Harper’s Ferry and many other national parks. The Northeast Regional Honors Council (NRHC) offers $500 scholarships for students to participate in Partners in the Parks, and Shippensburg Honors students have been awarded these competitive NRHC scholarships every year since 2012. The scholarship application is available on the NRHC website.

Honors Conference Scholarships

Shippensburg Honors students have an outstanding record of participation and presentation at the national and regional Honors conferences. Students who have their research, creative, or service-learning projects accepted for presentation at the annual Honors conferences are eligible to receive full scholarships to support their participation. The scholarships cover transportation, accommodations, meals, and the registration fee. In recent years, our students have presented their projects at national Honors conferences in Seattle, Chicago, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Boston and regional Honors conferences in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Providence, RI.

To learn more about presentation opportunities at the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) Conference, visit the NCHC website. The Northeast Regional Honors Council (NRHC) sponsors the regional Honors conference, and more information is available on its website. Information about applying to make an invited presentation at Honors conferences is included in the Honors Weekly Updates.