JFK Scholarship/Tuition Reduction Program for International Students  


The JFK Scholarship is an award allocated specifically for undergraduate international students who are studying in the United States on F-1 student visas.  The goal of the award is to provide financial assistance to international students while allowing them the opportunity to give back at Shippensburg University through interacting with Ship students and other volunteer opportunities.

Application Process

1.) Applicants must complete the International Student Application for Admission.  

2.) Applicants must submit a response to the JFK Scholarship Essay Question.  

    “Please write a brief statement about your plans for the program of study which you have chosen. This should include your reasons for studying your chosen field, your intended areas of specialization (if any), and any information about how you feel you will be able to contribute to Shippensburg University. You should also include why you feel you should be considered for this scholarship.”    

3.) Applicants must provide two(2) letters of recommendation

4.) Applicants must complete the JFK Need Analysis Form . This form is used to determine the financial need of each applicant in an effort to provide financial support to the most in need individuals.

*Please note: To be considered for the award, applicants must be academically admitted at Shippensburg University and be able to provide the necessary financial support in which to be issued a Form I-20.  The JFK Scholarship can be utilized to assist a student with being issued a Form I-20 but it cannot be the student’s sole means of financial support.

Terms of JFK Scholarship 

JFK Scholarship recipients must live on campus and have a meal plan for the duration of their first academic year at Shippensburg University.  They must also maintain adequate health insurance throughout the year as dictated by the International Programs Office.  Recipients are obligated to follow all regulations mandated by the Department of Homeland Security as dictated by their F-1 student visa status.  Failure to maintain status will result in termination of the JFK Award.  JFK Scholarship recipients are also obligated to actively participate in the International Student Organization (ISO) and accept other requests to speak or share information about their country of origin/cultural background.

Amount of Award

International students are charged the out of state tuition rate.  The JFK Scholarship allows recipients to pay tuition at an in-state tuition rate.  The approximate savings is $9,300 per academic year which is determined by the rate of tuition as set by the Board of Governors. 

Renewal of Award 

Recipients must re-apply to receive the JFK Scholarship each academic semester.  Awards are available for summer study however, availability varies each academic year.  Renewal paperwork is sent to students each semester and must be returned by the allocated deadline.  Recipients must maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of a 2.0 (C) or better to retain the award. 

Questions about the JFK Scholarship/Tuition Reduction Program  

Questions about the JFK Scholarship can be directed to Mary S. Burnett, Director of International Programs at meburnett@ship.edu or (717) 477-1279.  Questions about academic admissions at Shippensburg University should be addressed to Joseph A Luna, III, Assistant Dean of Admissions at jaluna@ship.edu or (717) 477-1231.