Memorial Funds

A Shippensburg University education is the gift that lasts a lifetime. A memorial scholarship or other fund provides a meaningful way for family, friends, or coworkers to honor that special person while carrying their legacy forward for future generations of SHIP students. Please contact the SU Foundation if you are interested in establishing a fund.

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Edward Christian Ruth Memorial Scholarship

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 Shipp … Read More »

LTC Todd M. Wheeler Memorial ROTC Scholarship

Harry and Peggy Wheeler ’72 were on a fishing trip in Canada in August 2019 when they received a shocking phone call. Harry’s oldest son, Todd ’86, had died suddenly at age 55.  The couple had the long car drive home to talk about Todd, his remarkable life, and how they might hon … Read More »

Zachary Topper Memorial Football Scholarship Fund

Zachary J. Topper graduated from South Western High School in Hanover, Pennsylvania, in 1994. He was the captain of the football team his senior year and led the team to league and city championships. The York Daily Record, York Dispatch, and The Evening Sun newspapers selected h … Read More »

Amanda K. Strous Memorial Field Hockey Scholarship

This scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Amanda Strous, who was a beloved member of the Shippensburg University Field Hockey team, first as a player and later as an assistant coach.  Amanda Strous played field hockey at Shippensburg from 2007-2010, graduating in the spring … Read More »

Craig K. Swavely Memorial Scholarship Fund

A father’s love and loyalty Gene Swavely, a combat veteran of World War II and Bronze Star recipient, led a simple life. He worked for a dairy in Reading delivering milk to homes and schools.  He and his wife Peggy lived in a modest home in the Reading area.  Together they had on … Read More »

Faculty, Staff & Administration

The Dr. Donna T. Mottilla College of Business Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Mottilla passed away on June 7, 2021, after a short and valiant fight against brain cancer. Her wishes were to make an enduring impact for students of the John L. Grove College of Business. The Dr. Donna T. Mottilla College of Business Memorial Scholarship was established by … Read More »

Dr. Agnes Belval Ragone Memorial Endowment

Dr. Ragone worked for over 20 years at Shippensburg University until her retirement in 2018. Her commitment to leadership through service was shaped by her own upbringing. Born in Algeria during wartime, Dr. Ragone’s family had to take refuge in France. A few years later, her par … Read More »

McArthur Family Scholarship

The McArthur Family scholarship is part memorial fund and part an honorary fund. Memorial for William (Bill) Gerard McArthur (1971 – 2020): 1995 graduate of Shippensburg University and an Information Technology (IT) leader and executive In honor of William (Bill) George McArthur: … Read More »