Ingelhart Scholars Program

Good journalists are special people who possess the perfect combination of communication skills and creative talents. The Ingelhart Scholars Program brings together a select group of promising young journalists to help them develop their understanding of media leadership so they will be among the most prepared graduates in the country.

Each fall semester, approximately 20 promising Ball State freshmen journalism department majors are selected to participate in the program in their sophomore year.

Students in the Ingelhart Scholars Program will have access to a number of special experiences. Among them:

  • mentoring from professionals and from leaders in campus media
  • outings to professional media organizations and conferences
  • special access to visiting professionals 
  • increased interaction with the department’s faculty
  • a built-in support system of like-minded journalism majors

How to Apply

The application process involves submitting a packet, which includes:

  • samples of the work that reflects your intended major, such as writing, designs, or photographs. Ideally, your work would have appeared in a high school or college publication. If your school did not have publications or if you are new to journalism, send any samples that demonstrate work related to your intended field of study.
  • a letter of recommendation from a teacher or professor who has worked with you on school publications or similar endeavors
  • an official transcript from your high school
  • a 500-word essay addressing the year’s application essay question (see application form).

Selection Process
A committee of journalism faculty members will review all applications based on students' academic records, commitment to journalism as a profession, and potential for leadership growth. Preference is given to students applying as freshmen to participate in the program during their sophomore year but other applicants will be considered. Students accepted as Ingelhart Scholars will receive a letter or e-mail that gives more information on the program.

Applications are due March 1 each year for entrance into the program in the fall of the following academic year.

Department of Journalism
Art and Journalism Building (AJ), room 300
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-8200
Fax: 765-285-7997
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