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Freshman Honors Scholarships

Students admitted to the Honors College are eligible for several scholarships sponsored by Ball State and its benefactors and awarded by the Honors College.  Applications are sent automatically to qualified students.  Students should apply to Ball State no later than December to ensure timely admission to the Honors College and sufficient time to receive and submit the application by the January deadline.  Some scholarships require a separate application form, while others do not.  For details on each scholarship, follow the links below. Please read the descriptions carefully and contact the Honors College if you have any questions.

Presidential Scholarships  
The Presidential Scholarship is awarded by the University Office of Admissions and most students admitted to the Honors College qualify to receive this award; it is not automatice unpon admission to the Honors College.  Additional information can be found through the Office of Admissions.

Whitinger Scholars Program
The signature scholarship of the Honors College. Full tuition/fees and room and board, renewable for eight semesters. Ten scholarships awarded each year.  Applications are sent automatically to qualified students.  Students should apply to Ball State no later than December to ensure timely admission to the Honors College and sufficient time to receive and submit their application by the January deadline.

Honors College and Honors Distinction Scholarships 
Indiana students who are freshmen in Fall semester receive $9,000 per year for four years at Ball State; students from outside Indiana receive $24,000 per year for four years.  The application process is the same as for the Whitinger Scholarship (see above).

Dr. T. M. Anderson Scholarship 
Supplements the Presidential Scholarship up to the value of full Indiana tuition for four years.  Applications are sent to students who apply to the Honors College and indicate that they will major in History or Social Studies Education.  One scholarship is awarded each year. 

Deborah S. Wehman Scholarship 
Supplements the Presidential Scholarship up to the value of full Indiana tuition for four years. One scholarship awarded when funds are available.  All applicants to the Honors College are automatically considered. 

O.L. Strong Scholarship
Maximum award equivalent to the value of in-state tuition in addition to other awards each year for four years, up to the value of "Cost of Attendance." Recipient must major in Architecture, Business, Music, or Nursing. Scholarship is awarded when funds are available.  All applicants to the Honors College are automatically considered.  An optional application form  may also be submitted.

Honors College Awards of Excellence 
Ranging from $1,000 or higher per year in addition to other awards received, as funds are available.

Mr. and Mrs. Oliver K. Ho Scholarship
About $1,500 per year for four years in addition to other awards received, as funds are available

Other Scholarships
Honors College students are often candidates for the following Ball State scholarships; which are not awarded by the Honors College.

Emens Scholars

Ellison Scholarships

More Freshman Scholarships

Financial Aid Resources
Ball State awards more than $100 million in financial aid to students each year, including grants, scholarships, loans, and work programs. About 75 percent of students receive merit- or need-based financial awards. Learn how to find and apply for other scholarships and financial aid.