At Shippensburg University, our mission is to make college accessible for all students, and one way we do that is through our scholarships.  Our Shippensburg University Foundation scholarships give students the opportunity to pursue their dreams, and our institutional scholarships provide additional support. Please click below to search and apply for our Foundation Scholarships, PASSHE Scholarships, or explore some recommended scholarship search sites.

Shippensburg University Foundation Scholarships

These academic awards were established through contributions from alumni, friends, corporations, and associates of the Shippensburg University Foundation, a not-for-profit organization incorporated in 1977 to support the university's programs and services.

To search and apply for University Foundation Scholarships for 2022-2023 please click on the following link:

Board of Governor’s (BOG) Scholarship 

This merit scholarship is awarded to students who graduate first or second in their high school class and choose to immediately pursue their higher education at Shippensburg University.  The BOG scholarship is awarded to PA residents only.  This award is renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters for full-time degree seeking students.  All Valedictorian and Salutatorian students will be automatically awarded the SU BOG scholarship and asked to verify class rank with the Office of Admissions before enrolling in the initial fall semester.  All students awarded this scholarship must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.

Since this is a full tuition scholarship, it will replace all other previously awarded SU Foundation full tuition academic scholarships.

  Raider Success Scholarship 

Shippensburg University has a long history of academic excellence that has led us to continuously attract the best and brightest students. We realize that finances and funding your education are huge factors in selecting the perfect college and we have taken steps to enhance the value of your Raider Education. We reward our students for their academic achievements. We have established the Raider Success Scholarship to provide qualified applicants with an automatic, guaranteed scholarship for a period of up to 4 years, no scholarship application required. We hope that this opportunity will help you realize that Shippensburg University is the place where you will achieve your dreams!

Requirements for this scholarship are as follows: (*applies to first-year freshman students starting Fall 2021 only)





Tier 3



Tier 2



Tier 1


Fall 2021 transfer students with 30+ credits and a GPA of 3.0 or above are eligible for a $2000 Raider Success Scholarship. 

 Raider Success Book Scholarship

Shippensburg University offers a one-time Raider Success Book Scholarship worth $500 per year for full-time students and $300 per year for part-time students who graduate from a participating Bridging the Gap school in Harrisburg and confirmed their enrollment to Ship by May 15, 2021. You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to receive this scholarship.

Academic Success Program Book Scholarship

Shippensburg University offers a one-time $300 book scholarship for students accepted into the Academic Success Program who confirmed their enrollment to Ship by May 1, 2021. You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to receive this scholarship.

 McLean Housing Scholarship 

The McLean Housing Scholarship is offered to incoming students through the Admissions office.  This lottery-style scholarship is offered on a first come first-serve basis through an application process.  This scholarship will cover the cost of on-campus housing in McLean Hall for one year and preference is given to students that have submitted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Shippensburg University Housing Assistance & Housing Scholarships 

Housing assistance may be available to students who have exhausted all other available financial resources including federal, state, and private loans. This is meant to be a last resort financial resource to assist students with the cost of on-campus housing.

Students must be in an on-campus housing agreement and reside in a B unit suite or communal housing room to receive this aid. You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to receive this assistance.

NOTE:  If a student is exempted from living on campus or approved of a cancellation of the housing agreement, the housing assistance/scholarship is thereby canceled.

Through various programs, the PASSHE Foundation supports 14 universities by providing scholarships to students. To learn more about these opportunities, visit the PASSHE Foundation Scholarship page for eligibility requirements, award amounts, application instructions, and deadlines.

If you are an outstanding student-athlete, your coach may recommend you for an athletic grant-in-aid, which is processed through the Financial Aid Office. The amount of funds varies from sport to sport.

  • Men and women's sports include basketball, cross-country, soccer, swimming, and track and field.
  • Women-only sports include field hockey, lacrosse, softball, tennis, and volleyball.
  • Men-only sports include football, wrestling, and baseball.  

You can find scholarships to attend Shippensburg University from a variety of private, government, and outside sources found on the Internet. Here are just a few:

Contact your high school guidance office, civic and business organizations, and foundations about available scholarships.

NOTE: To receive credit on your bill for scholarship awards made by external agencies, you must report this information to our Student Accounts Office. Please fax a copy of your offer letter to 717-477-4018 or mail it via USPS to:

Student Accounts Office
Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive
Old Main Room 100
Shippensburg, PA 17257

If you have any questions about your eligibility to receive your VA educational benefits or scholarships, contact the VA Coordinator at 717-477-1164.

Scholarship Opportunities for Veterans

Beginning with the 2018-2019 award year, a Pell-eligible student whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty while serving as a public safety officer is eligible, under the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship, to receive a maximum Federal Pell Grant award.

Federal Pell Grants are awarded to both full-time and part-time undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelors or professional degree. In certain situations, an eligible student can receive up to 150% of their scheduled Federal Pell Grant for an award year.

Please note that any changes to the FAFSA data may result in an adjustment to your Federal Pell Grant, including but not limited to:

  • Review of your FAFSA due to verification.
  • Enrollment toward course program of study less than full-time (12 credits for undergraduate).
  • Corrections made by staff due to conflicting university data.

SU is required to monitor its students’ academic progress to ensure that they maintain a minimum standard GPA and make steady progress towards degree completion. Students who do not meet the SAP requirements may lose their financial aid eligibility.

You will receive an electronic notification each time your award package has been adjusted.

To qualify, a student must:

  • Be otherwise Pell-eligible.
  • Have a Pell-eligible EFC greater than $0.
  • Be less than 24 years of age OR enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of their parent or guardian’s death.

A public safety officer is defined as:

  • An individual serving a public agency in an official capacity, with or without compensation, as a law enforcement officer, firefighter, or chaplain;
  • An employee of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) who is performing official duties of the agency, if those official duties–
    • are related to a major disaster or emergency that has been, or is later declared to exist with respect to the area under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act; and
    • are determined by FEMA to be hazardous duties;
  • An employee of a state, local, or tribal emergency management or civil defense agency who is performing official duties in cooperation with FEMA, if those official duties–
    • are related to a major disaster or emergency that has been, or is later declared to exist with respect to the area under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act; and
    • are determined by the agency to be hazardous duties;
  • A member of a rescue squad or ambulance crew who, as authorized or licensed by law and by the applicable agency or entity, is engaging in rescue activity or in the provision of emergency medical services; or
  • A fire police officer, defined as an individual who is serving in accordance with state or local law as an officially-recognized or designated member of a legally organized public safety agency and provides scene security or directs traffic in response to any fire drill, fire call, or other fire, rescue, or police emergency, or at a planned, special event.

A parent or guardian includes non-custodial parents, step-parents, and parents of independent students. In all cases, the parent/guardian status at the time of death is the qualifying eligibility criterion. This may be different from the current parent/guardian status.

If you meet the above criteria please complete the application below and submit it along with all supporting documents to SU’s Financial Aid Office.

Decisions will be communicated to a student’s SU e-mail. Eligible students will see the award offer on their MyShip portal account updated to include the maximum Federal Pell Grant. If a student is determined to be eligible and continues to meet all eligibility criteria, the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship will automatically carry forward into future academic years.

Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Application