Impact Stories

Students & Faculty

Ruben’s Story

Class of 2018, receives the H.O.P.E. (Helping our People Excel) Diversity Scholarship Ruben Bourdeau is passionate about Shippensburg University and the College of Business.  Entering his senior year as a Finance major with a minor in Economics, Ruben is looking forward to partic … Read More »

Stefan Szilagzi

Exercise Science Major, Biology Minor '16

Stefan Szilagyi ’16 was recruited to the swim team at SU and chose Exercise Science as his major with a minor in Biology because it correlated to his passion, swimming, and supported his career choice as a Physician’s Assistant.  Small class sizes, the Honors Program curriculum, … Read More »

Jacob’s Story

Jacob Gillespie, Class of 2018, recieves the Lynn G. and Evelyn R. Walck Scholarship and the Albert A Mason, Sr. Journalism Scholarship Jake was attracted to ‘Ship’ for the highly respected and accredited Communications/Journalism Department.  Now a junior, Jake has taken full ad … Read More »

Emily’s Story

The combination of a scholarship and commuting from Chambersburg made Shippensburg a very attractive prospect for Emily Frieban, a pre-med biology major. During the fall of her freshman year, chemistry was Emily’s favorite subject. In fact, she excelled in the course. After a pro … Read More »


Kevin’s Story

“There are so many career opportunities in the STEM disciplines. Every company – from medicine to manufacturing – needs them. My Ship education served me well, and I hope that this endowment will enable others to realize their dreams.” Read More »

Bill and Sue’s Story

Bill Rothman has understood the value of land since growing up on a 155-acre farm in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. After receiving a business degree from Penn State University in 1963, he earned his real estate license and launched a career that has spanned more than 50 years and … Read More »

Ray and Suzanne’s Story

“Growing up, we were very poor, and I went to college with only the bare necessities covered. My hope is that with this endowment, students can enrich their education beyond the necessities and have opportunities to travel and conduct research.” Read More »

Shirley’s Story

Shirley Marlene Lolus ’72m instilled the importance of education in her children, both her own and those she taught in the classroom. A native of Mechanicsburg, Shirley was a young married mother of two when she started college to pursue her desire to become a teacher. After seei … Read More »

Brian’s Story

“There are still a lot of students out there like me—hardworking first-generation college students who are looking to better their lives—and we should support that. Ship has given me a life beyond my expectations, and I hope others can experience that.” Read More »

Abigail’s Story

“I don’t think I can share the true impact Shippensburg had on my life if I did not divulge some of my high school experience. I graduated with under a 3.0 GPA. I failed a class, and earned Ds and Cs in others. During my senior year I had so much turmoil in my life that I ran awa … Read More »