Scholarship News

Six Ball State Fubright finalists announced

Honors student receives Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

Five students receive Gilman Scholarships for summer study abroad
Freshman to participate in Fulbright Summer Institute in Exeter, England
Two students receive Fulbright grants; three others named alternates

Udall Scholarship winner and Honorable Mention

Two students to intern in India with Cultural Vistas Fellowships
Finalist determined for Truman Scholarship

January 2016: Congratulations to the following six student Fulbright applicants, who’ve made it to the finalist round for the U.S. Student Fulbright program!

• Senior Charelle Brown, for an English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in Argentina
• Senior Elizabeth (Betty) Brown, for an ETA in Germany
• 2015 graduate Lauren Fosnight, for an ETA in Mexico
• Graduate student Elizabeth King, for an ETA in Taiwan
• Senior Shay Stewart, for graduate study at LAMDA (London School of Music and the Dramatic Arts) in the UK
• Senior Jesse Taskovic, for a research project in Singapore

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.


June 2015: Heidi Noneman, an Honors College student from Keokuk, Iowa, received the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship, a $5,000 award to support her graduate studies in anthropology at the University of Missouri. Heidi NonemanPhi Kappa Phi, one of the most prestigious honor societies in the nation, awards the fellowship to 51 of its members entering their first year of postgraduate study.

Heidi is a May 2015 graduate who majored in chemistry and anthropology at Ball State. She plans to continue her studies in both anthropology and chemistry, in pursuit of a career as an archaeochemist and museum curator.


April 2015: Five BSU undergraduates have been awarded Gilman Scholarships for summer study abroad. They are among more than 1,000 students from 332 colleges and universities nationwide to receive a Gilman Scholarship for the summer 2015 term.

All scholarships recipients are required to carry out a follow-on project upon their return to the U.S. that helps promote international education and understanding.

Andrew Arthur, a resident of Mooresville, Ind., received $2,500 to support an 11-week internship inAndrew Arthur Spain. With majors in both architecture and Spanish, he will be interning at an architecture firm and further immersing himself in the culture by living with a host family.

While in Spain, Andrew – an Honors College student who is just completing his junior year – will maintain a blog and create a short film documentary.  In September 2015 he will have an exhibit of his Spanish experience in the College of Architecture and Planning gallery.

“I’m beyond grateful for all of the support and encouragement that I’ve received so far,” Andrew said, “and I can’t wait to start working in an environment that’s refreshingly beyond my comfort zone.”

Elizabeth BrownElizabeth Brown, of Michigan City, Ind., received $4,000 for 12 weeks of study at Sapporo University in Japan this summer.

An Honors College junior with a major in Japanese education and minors in German and English as a Second Language, Elizabeth will study Japanese reading, writing, and culture this summer. She intends to use the experience to help her “future students become involved, empathic citizens with global understanding.”

Her follow-on project will be aimed at informing incoming Ball State freshmen about the Gilman Scholarship through presentations and a brochure. You can read about Elizabeth's experience on her blog.

Hammond, Ind., resident Marco Leon received $2,500 to support his studies in France this summer withMarco Leon KIIS (Kentucky Institute of International Studies). Marco, who has a major in speech language pathology and minor in French, will study French language, literature, and culture during his time abroad.

Upon his return to the U.S., Marco, currently an Honors College sophomore, intends to give interactive presentations about France to elementary school children in both Muncie and Hammond.

“I am incredibly excited to fulfill one of my dreams!” said Marco, who has been studying French since middle school.

Caleib MeilinkSmithCaleb Meilink-Smith, a sophomore telecommunications major from West Lafayette, received $2,500 to support his summer study in Italy.

There he will participate in a five-week course for Ball State telecommunications video production students to explore and document the food, farming, and cooking traditions of Italy. Caleb intends to maintain a blog of his experiences abroad and give a presentation to Excel, a campus organization for incoming freshman minority students.

“Participating on a team of 13 students to create this documentary will be a great challenge for me,” Caleb said, “but I look forward to achieving an incredible outcome with my classmates.”

Levi Smith, a Ball State sophomore with majors in biology, pre-veterinary science, and Spanish, receivedLevi Smith $3,000 to support more than 10 weeks in Argentina, where he will complete a veterinary medicine internship.

Upon his return to the U.S., the Huntington, Ind., native will present his experiences to the Spanish students at his former high school and to the Pre-Health Professions Club at Ball State.

Levi’s career goal is to become an exotic companion and zoological veterinarian, focusing on primates and reptiles.  In conservation medicine he hopes to “help increase wild populations of primates in South American nature areas.”  Interning in Argentina, he said, will get him closer to his goal of “treating privately- and zoo-owned exotic animals that many vets in today’s clinics will not treat.”

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.  Up to $3,000 of additional funding is available to students to pursue study of certain languages.


April 2015: Ellie Fawcett, an Honors College sophomore with a major in English and minor in professional writing, has been selected to participate in the 2015 U.K. Fulbright Summer Institute at the University of Exeter, in southwest England. She was one of 59 freshmen and sophomores chosen nationwide for nine summer institutes, all of which are fully funded.

Ellie FawcettDuring her four weeks in England, Ellie and other participants will explore the country’s culture, history, and heritage, visiting various sites throughout southwest England and London. The Exeter Institute will focus particularly on issues of climate change, and Ellie will also spend part of her time studying the legend of King Arthur.

“I am so grateful to have received this scholarship,” commented Ellie, a native of Pendleton, Ind. “Ever since I was a kid I have wanted to get to visit the U.K., and now I’m going! Not only that, but I get to take a class on King Arthur, which has been one of my favorite stories for my entire life.”

One of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programs operating worldwide, the U.K. Fulbright Summer Institute is a program of the U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission. Summer Institute participants are selected as future leaders who will support the “special relationship” between the U.S. and U.K.


April 2015: Two graduating seniors have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Grants to pursue study and teaching opportunities abroad.

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 more than 155 countries. This year the Fulbright headquarters received well over 10,000 applications from graduating seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates, ultimately awarding approximately 1,900 grants.

Natalie Abell, a biology major and Honors College student from Ferdinand, Ind., will enter the M.Sc.Natalie Abell program in Marine Science, Policy, and Law at the University of Southampton this fall. The program is housed in the National Oceanography Centre, where she will study science-based policy aimed at protecting and managing marine environments.

“I never thought it would be possible that someone from southern Indiana would be studying at one of the best oceanography programs in the UK,” said Natalie of her Fulbright award. “The most important aspect of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program is that I will become a member of a worldwide community.”

After completing her master’s degree at the University of Southampton, Natalie plans to pursue a Ph.D. in oceanography and eventually work for an independent marine research or biotechnology institution.  Ultimately, her goal is to combine her passions for research, conservation, and social justice on a global scale.


Follow Natalie's year in Southampton at findingnatalie.com!

Zoey SpenglerZoey Spengler, who is completing a degree in telecommunications, with a minor in classical cultures, received an English Teaching Assistantship to Malaysia. In January 2016 she will embark on 10 months in a rural area or small city, assisting a Malaysian teacher of English in language instruction and helping students explore U.S. culture.

Outside of her time in the classroom, Zoey intends to work with students to create a video public service announcement on the benefits of education. After completing her year in Malaysia, Zoey, a Beech Grove, Ind., native, wants to pursue a graduate degree in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) and teach in UNICEF’s Schools for Asia program.

“I have been waiting my entire life to earn an opportunity such as this,” Zoey said. “The Fulbright means that I personally get to fulfill my passion of teaching youth English and it allows me to be immersed completely in another culture.”

Alternates: Three other graduating seniors were named Fulbright alternates: Colin Hart, a theatrical studies major, who applied to the United Kingdom; Lindsey Kelderhouse, a speech language pathology major who applied for an English Teaching Assistantship in Thailand; and Heidi Noneman, a chemistry and anthropology major (with a history minor), who applied to the United Kingdom.

Ball State’s remaining finalists this year were graduating senior Morgan Aprill, 2014 graduate Talley Gale, and graduate student Maria Muffoletto.


April 2015: Two Honors College juniors have been honored by the Udall Foundation for their commitment to the environment!

Denise Blankenberger, of Evansville, Ind., is one of 50 students to be named a 2015 Udall Scholar.Denise Blankenberger She is the ninth Ball State student in ten years to receive the $5,000 scholarship, considered the nation’s most important scholarship for undergraduates who are committed to environmental issues or tribal policy or healthcare.


With a major in architecture and a minor in sustainability, Denise intends to focus her career on architectural design that addresses energy efficiency and the adverse effects of climate change. At Ball State she is president of Global Brigade’s Architecture and Water Brigade and will be leading a group of students to Nicaragua in December. Last year she received a Cultural Vistas Fellowship, which took her to Singapore for an eight-week architecture internship that focused on sustainable design.


“The Udall Scholarship will give me the ability to further explore my interest in environmental sustainability as it relates to architecture, with a focus on social justice,” Denise said of her award, which will take her to Tucson, Arizona, this summer for Scholars Week. “I especially look forward to meeting the other Udall Scholars in Arizona to get to share ideas and aspirations for the future among like-minded people,” she added.

Sarah Fischer‚ÄčThe Udall Foundation also awarded Honorable Mention to Sarah Fischer, of Louisville, Ky. With majors in biology and art (printmaking), Sarah is focused on researching endangered species and human-wildlife conflict, then using her artistic talents to convey that research to the public in creative ways.

Last year Sarah received a Gilman Scholarship and Garden Club of America Scholarship, which supported independent research on sustainable art and agriculture, which she and two recent graduates undertook in Iceland for six weeks. Since August 2014, Sarah has been conducting research on bird-window collisions on Ball State’s campus.

“In the future,” she said, “I will pursue further research on birds, and will reflect my studies through research-based ecological artwork to engage the public in wildlife conservation.” The Udall Foundation is an independent federal agency that supports sophomores and juniors committed to careers that protect or serve the environment or tribal policy and healthcare. 


March 2015: Two Honors College students, Megan Bradford and Haley Carroll, have received Cultural Vistas Fellowships to undertake two-month internships in India this summer. They are two of only twelve U.S. students nationwide selected to participate in this year’s Cultural Vistas Fellowship program, which facilitates fully-funded internship / cultural exchange experiences in Argentina, Germany, and India.

Haley Carroll, a sophomore majoring in public relations, with a minor in energy, will intern with a renewableHaley Carroll energy business or agency. “I want to better understand how renewable energy impacts and is applied to communities, as well as how public policy and communication affect the success or failure of the sustainability revolution,” she stated.

Haley, who is from Geneva, Ill., is a leader in several Ball State and community activities, including the campus’s annual Eco Summit and Cardinal Communications.  She is also an active member of the campus’s Global Brigades and International Conversation Hour.

“I am thrilled to receive the Cultural Vistas Fellowship,” Haley said. “I will get the remarkable opportunity to intern in a country where exciting changes are being made in renewable energy and where I will get to actively participate at a company that is making changes for the better.”

After college, she intends to become a communications and public relations specialist in the renewable energy sector.

Megan BradfordMegan Bradford, a junior majoring in architecture, with a minor in entrepreneurship, will intern with an architecture firm. “I am interested in working with housing in areas with dense populations,” she stated. “Challenges that happen with housing where I grew up are nothing like the ones in densely populated areas like India.”

The Georgetown, Ind., resident works at Ball State’s Rinker Center for International Programs. Last summer, as a mentor for the Center’s Iraqi Young Leader Exchange Program, she helped visiting Iraqi students adjust to U.S. culture and develop social entrepreneurship programs for their return home.

“This fellowship is opening a whole new world for me,” Megan said. “The most important part is that I am going to be able to meet people with stories. ... I am looking forward to being able to continue to reference and share those in my design career and in my everyday life.”

Megan plans to open her own architecture firm in the future, with an emphasis on social entrepreneurship.

Cultural Vistas is a not-for-profit organization using career exploration to facilitate connections between Americans and international visitors for more than 60 years. Its mission is “to enrich minds, advance global skills, build careers, and connect lives through international exchange.” The program is currently focusing on the theme of “entrepreneurship and innovation.”  


March 2015: Conner Edwards, a junior majoring in special education for severe and profound interventions, has been named a finalist for the Truman Scholarship! Conner intends to dedicate his professional life to helping provide equal employment opportunities for individuals with severe disabilities.

After completing his bachelor’s degree at Ball State, he plans to enroll in the MPA (Master in Public Affairs) program in non-profit management and health policy at Indiana University’s School of Public & Environmental Affairs. His eventual goal is to start his own not-for-profit organization.Conner Edwards

The Greenwood, Ind., resident is vice-president of Best Buddies Indiana, president of Ball State’s Student Council for Exceptional Children, founder and president of Act for Autism, and an active leader and volunteer for many other organizations, both on- and off-campus.

The Truman Scholarship – one of the nation’s most competitive and prestigious scholarships – is for juniors who demonstrate outstanding potential to become future leaders and “change agents” in public service. Approximately 60 scholarships will be awarded to nominated juniors from across the country in late March or early April.