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 participating in the Investment Management Program which will provide insight into the world of portfolio management and further qualify him for a position as a Project Controller at Deloitte where he interned last summer.

Coming from a family of six siblings, Ruben chose Ship because of the affordability and the highly-accredited College of Business.  From day one, he immersed himself in student affairs.  He has been a Resident Assistant, a member of the National Residence Hall Honorary and an Emerging Scholar Peer Leader.  Ruben is currently an Orientation Leader, a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and enthusiastically participates in open houses. He has also helped the local community by volunteering in ShipShape Day, the children’s fair and rousing the crowds at athletic events.

Ruben cannot say enough about the support from the faculty in the College.  Recently retired Dr. Sarah Bryant, in particular, was a great mentor.  Ruben credits her for much of his success.  Speaking about his scholarship Ruben says, “The generosity of strangers has planted a seed in my heart to help future students and give back to Shippensburg University.”  Another goal for Ruben is to have enough money to pay off the mortgage on his parent’s home. “These are all dreams that I want to accomplish late on in life; I believe that with the strong foundation that my family, friends and Shippensburg University has helped me build, my opportunities for success are endless. I will always strive to give back to my community because that is one major key aspect that was engraved into my heart by my family and Shippensburg University.”