Edward Ruth was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, but grew up in the small town of Schellsburg in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. Ed’s identity as a kind-hearted, accepting, empathetic person, and tirelessly hard worker was representative of where he grew up. His education at Shippensburg University offered him the opportunity to grow personally and set him on a path to success that he found later in life as a certified financial advisor.
At Shippensburg, Ed was an active member of Alpha Kappa Psi fraternity. He was an avid basketball player and tireless competitor in everything he did. One thing was a given with Ed—no one would ever outwork him. Though he never returned to live in Bedford County after graduating from Shippensburg University in 2000, he credited his family, faith, and hometown for who he became as a person.
Ed was loved by all and impacted many lives before his sudden passing on October 19, 2020, at age 43. His care and support for his family was unparalleled. He gave the greatest gifts to all that knew him, whether it was a gift of his time, his heart, or birthday and Christmas gifts to his niece and nephew. Now his family and friends have come together to establish this scholarship in his memory which will provide Bedford County students with an opportunity to find success and themselves through an education at Shippensburg University.
The Edward Christian Ruth Memorial Scholarship was awarded for the first time for the fall of 2021 to student from Bedford County.