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 2021-2022 please click on the following link:

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