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Luke Hutchison did not have to go far to find experiences that set him up for success.

A graduate of Shippensburg Area Senior High School, Hutchison knew Ship was it for him after receiving a scholarship from the Shippensburg University Foundation.

“The investment in my personal success that it represented was momentous,” Hutchison said.

A large part of that success meant graduating in May 2020 as a dual major in marketing and management information systems.

“I have been given the information and hard skills I need for success, along with a focus on being relevant into the future. Information and skill, strengthened by experience and dedication, is the most valuable thing I have received from my majors,” Hutchison said.

Despite his longtime familiarity with Shippensburg University, Hutchison had plenty to discover outside the classroom during his time as a Raider.

“The most surprising thing about Ship for me has been the diversity of experiences,” Hutchison said. “There are faculty and students from so many different backgrounds and walks of life. The richness of experience and opportunity for learning this has provided was something I could never have expected.”

Hutchison also found excellent leadership opportunities at Ship. He served as president of the Shippensburg University chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international business honors society. Additionally, he was president of Student Transfer Engagement, Partnership, and Support (STEPS) in the John L. Grove College of Business. STEPS connects new transfer students with student mentors to make their transition to Ship easier.

“Much of the value I received was outside of the classroom, whether that be in group activities, clubs, relationships with others or networking events.”

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