Scholarship News

Two graduating seniors receive Fulbright Student Awards
Udall Scholarship Honorable Mentions
Chemistry major receives Goldwater Honorable Mention
Senior recieves NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Junior wins Critical Language Scholarship
Sophomore recieves Gilman Scholarship for study in Spain
Critical Language Scholarship finalists announced

Fulbright finalists announced

Junior to study in Australia with Gilman Scholarship
Junior wins King Family Foundation Scholarship


April 2017:  Two graduating seniors, both Honors College students, have received Fulbright U.S. Student Awards to support study and teaching opportunities in Europe. Three other students were also named finalists.

The Fulbright program is sponsored by the U.S. State Department and is intended to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and those of nearly 150 countries. In 2017 the department is awarding approximately 1,900 grants to U.S. students and recent graduates.

Marco Leon, a resident of Hammond, Ind., has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to Luxembourg, beginning in September 2017.  There he will help teach English to either high school or university students, and he also plans to start a comic book writing club, as a creative medium for sharing culture. Marco Leon

Marco has a major in speech language pathology and a minor in French, and after returning to the U.S., he will enter a master’s degree program in speech-language pathology. “The ETA program in Luxembourg will give me invaluable experience that I will use throughout my career,” said Marco, who has been active in College Mentors for Kids and Student Voluntary Services.

“Honestly, I surprised myself!” said Marco of his Fulbright success. “I'm taking this trip to honor the legacy of my mother. Without her, I would never have pushed myself to even apply for the Fulbright.”  In 2015, Marco also received a Gilman Scholarship to support summer study in France.

Arlesha MooreArlesha Moore, a criminal justice/criminology major and digital forensics minor from St. Louis, Mo., will enter the M.Sc. program in criminology at the University of Leicester, in the United Kingdom, this fall.  She wants to study England’s legal system and compare it to that of the United States, with the goal of improving relationships between police and citizens in the U.S.  After completing her master’s degree, she intends to enter law school and become a civil rights attorney.


By studying at the University of Leicester, Arlesha said, “I will have a better understanding of how social justice and criminal justice can work hand in hand, especially for African American males.”  At Ball State she has studied various perspectives on Ferguson, Mo., and in the Muncie community she has been an active volunteer at the Buley Community Center and an intern at the Youth Opportunity Center.

“The most important aspect of my Fulbright year will be becoming part of a worldwide community that is bridging the gap of cultural understanding between countries,” said Arlesha.  

Finalists for the Fulbright were Haley Crane, for master’s-degree study in the U.K.; Lauren Donahue, for the ETA program in Germany; and George Hickman, for the ETA program in Greece.


April 2017: Two Ball State juniors – Allison Hoagland and Emily Meer – have been awarded Honorable Mention in the 2017 Udall Scholarship competition, in recognition of their leadership and commitment to environmental issues.  Since 2005, 17 Ball State students have received Udall scholarships or honorable mention.Allison Hoagland


Allison, an architecture major from Louisville, Ky., has minors in sustainability, urban planning, history, and historic preservation.  Her many activities at Ball State include serving as co-president of the Global Brigades’ water brigade, which includes work trips in Nicaragua.


Allison eventually intends to open a design firm that will on reversing urban sprawl and revitalizing our nation’s cities.  “I want to design a future where people are not in competition with nature over land usage,” she said, but instead help create cities that “promote a harmonious relationship between people and the environment.” 


Emily MeerEmily is a fourth-year landscape architecture major from Batesville, Ind., who is currentlystudying and interning in Brazil for six months, with the support of a Boren Scholarship, which she received in 2016.  Emily’s goal is to work for USAID in South America, where she wants to “promote sustainable practices in the distribution, storage, and usage of water resources.”


At Ball State, Emily has been active in Global Brigades, serving as president of the environmental brigade, and in GROW, a campus garden that she co-founded and has led as both vice-president and secretary.

The Udall Foundation is an independent federal agency that awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to the environment or American Indian nations.


April 2017:  Junior Abby Waggoner has been awarded Honorable Mention in the 2017 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship competition, which recognizes sophomores and juniors who plan to enter research-focused careers in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering.Abby Waggoner

Abby, an Honors College student from Converse, Ind., is majoring in chemistry, with minors in mathematics and astrophysics.  As an undergraduate, she has gained extensive research experience in Ball State’s Chemistry Department, and this summer she will participate in a research internship at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

After graduating from Ball State, Abby intends to pursue a Ph.D. in astrochemistry and spectroscopy, with a focus on the formation of complex organic molecules in newly forming solar systems via radical reactions.  Her ultimate career goal is to work as an astrochemist at NASA.

Abby is also the current vice president of Ball State’s chapter of the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS).  She is the 14th BSU student to receive the Goldwater Scholarship or Honorable Mention over the past decade.



March 2017:  Senior Ellen Wagner has been named a recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship!  The fellowship will provide her with a total of $138,000 of support during her Ph.D. studies in cell and molecular biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, beginning this fall.

Ellen – a Hamilton, Ohio, native – is an Honors College student who has a major in biology, with concentrations in microbiology and genetics, as well as a minor in chemistry.  She has conducted extensive research under the mentorship of Dr. John McKillip and Dr. Doug Bernstein, in Ball State’s Department of Biology, and she undertook a research internship at MIT last summer.  

Ellen currently serves as president of Ball State’s American Society of Microbiology student chapter, and she has been an editor of Fine Focus, an international research journal that showcases undergraduate research in microbiology.  In her junior year she was awarded Honorable Mention in the national Goldwater Scholarship competition.

“Receiving this fellowship is an honor and an amazing way to end my four years at Ball State,” said Ellen, “but I think this is more of a testament to the great mentorship I have received while here. I have learned and gained so many skills by working directly with my professors, and that has made me more prepared for my future.”

Ellen is only the third Ball State student ever to receive this honor while an undergraduate, and she is only the second BSU recipient to accept the fellowship.  Seven BSU alumni have received the fellowship while enrolled at their graduate institutions.

Amie Baker Frank, a 2015 graduate of Ball State, received Honorable Mention in this year’s NSF Graduate Research Fellowship competition.  She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in organic chemistry at the University of Michigan.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.  It has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers, helping them become life-long leaders who contribute significantly to both scientific innovation and teaching.  

Currently, 2,000 fellows are selected each year.  For more information, visit www.nsfgrfp.org.



Bre MyersMarch 2017:  Junior Bre Myers has been awarded a Critical Language Scholarship, which will provide two months of beginning Swahili study in Tanzania this summer!  Bre, who is both an anthropology major and Honors College student, intends to pursue a career as a primatologist, focusing her future career on gorilla research in East Africa. 

“Ultimately,” she said, “I want to work with programs like the Great Ape Foundation, which hires individuals with knowledge of local languages and traditions. Studying Swahili through the CLS program will help me invest in the skills needed to meet my goals.”  Bre leaves for Arusha, Tanzania, in mid-June.

The Critical Language Scholarship is a State Department program that facilitates two months of intensive summer language study in 14 languages considered critical to U.S. national security. 

Haley Crane, a senior majoring in English education, was also named an alternate for the beginning Korean program.


Jessica BeaverFebruary 2017Jessica Beaver, a sophomore in the Honors College, has been awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship for study in Spain this summer.  She has majors in Spanish and psychology, as well as a minor in interpersonal relations.

Jessi will spend a month in Segovia, where she will study conversational Spanish and Spanish cinema.  Her program also includes a homestay and excursions to Madrid, Toledo, and other cities. 

“Expanding my fluency in the Spanish language and immersing myself in a new culture will help me to better understand the diverse group of people that I plan on working with later on in life,” said Jessi, who intends to become a psychologist and work with Spanish-speaking immigrants.

All Gilmam Scholarship recipients are required to carry out a follow-on service project after their return to the U.S.  Jessi plans to give a presentation to Active Minds, a campus organization that helps fight the stigma of mental illness.  Her goal will be “to help students realize that a mental illness should not stop someone from studying abroad.”

The federally-funded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides up to $5,000 to U.S. undergraduate students pursuing academic studies abroad, in order to better prepare them to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.  


January 2017: The following BSU students have been named semi-finalists for the Critical Language Scholarship:

  • Haley Crane, a senior in English education, for the beginning Korean program
  • Bre Myers, a junior in anthropology, for the beginning Swahili program

The Critical Language Scholarship is a federally sponsored program that allows students to undergo two months of intensive language training abroad in one of 14 languages considered “critical” to U.S. international interests. 

Final decisions about semi-finalists’ status will be announced in late February.  Congratulations and good luck to Bre and Haley!


January 2017:  Congratulations to the following five seniors, who’ve made it to the finalist round for the U.S. Student Fulbright program!

  • Haley Crane, for graduate study at the University of Leicester in the UK
  • Lauren Donahue, for an English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in Germany
  • George Hickman, for an ETA in Greece
  • Marco Leon, for an ETA in Luxembourg
  • Arlesha Moore, for graduate study at the University of Leicester in the UK

Finalists’ applications will now be considered by review committees in their intended host countries.  Final decisions about recipients will be made and announced in the spring.


November 2016:  Catherine Hunley, a junior in the Honors College, has been awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman ScholarshCatherine Hunley photoip to support study at Deakin University near Melbourne, Australia, during spring semester. With a major in architecture and minor in interior design, Catherine will take architecture courses and conduct an independent study at Deakin University, while also exploring Australian culture and the ways in which “design has influenced Aussies’ way of life.”

Upon their return to the U.S., all Gilman scholarship recipients are required to carry out a follow-on project that helps promote international education and understanding.  For her three-part project, Catherine intends to document her time abroad through a blog; give presentations to two campus organizations, Epsilon Sigma Alpha and Emerging Green Builders; and contribute photos of her Australian experience to Glue, a student publication of the College of Architecture and Planning.

“It is especially exciting as an architecture student to be able to immerse myself in a foreign environment and culture, interacting with locals and other international students,” said Catherine, who departs for Australia in February.
Follow Catherine’s adventures in Australia through her blog, at https://chunley.wixsite.com/visblog-downunder.  

The federally-funded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program supports U.S. undergraduate students pursuing academic studies abroad, in order to better prepare them to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. 


Tina Maric photoJuly 2016Tina Maric, a junior with majors in telecommunications, journalism, and Spanish, has been awarded a Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship. The scholarship is given to juniors and seniors in television, film, and related fields and who demonstrate academic ability and professional potential.

Tina’s career goal is to work in the television entertainment industry, eventually hosting her own show. At Ball State she has been a segment producer for the Reel Deal, an entertainment news show, and she cohosts a show on the campus radio station that features international music and culture. This summer she has completed a journalism internship in Madrid, Spain.

“Being awarded this scholarship is an honor for me,” said Tina of her King Family Foundation award. “It makes me feel like the work I’ve been doing at Ball State has paid off and that when I set my mind on a goal, I can achieve it.”

As a junior-year recipient, Tina will be eligible to receive the scholarship again during her senior year.  She is the second Ball State student to receive the King Family Foundation Scholarship