Scholarships For Freshmen

If you are an incoming student planning to attend Ball State and declare a major in journalism, public relations, or advertising, the following scholarships may be of interest to you. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of your journalism experience, involvement in high school publications, academic achievement, and future goals.

When you apply, you should provide letters of recommendation and submit samples of your work. Additional details are on the 2014–2015 freshmen scholarship application (PDF). Postmark deadline is February 1.

The Department of Journalism reserves the right to adjust amounts based on available funding. Not all scholarships are available every year.

Robert L. and Sherles K. Barnet Scholarship — a $500 award that can be renewed for three additional years, it is awarded to an incoming freshman declaring an intention to major in journalism. The recipient must have earned a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. He or she must maintain full-time status while receiving the scholarship. If the recipient leaves the study of journalism, he or she will no longer be eligible for the award.

Freshman Achievement Scholarships — one-time $500 award funded by alumni and general scholarship funds; open to all incoming journalism students.

Holmes-McFadden Journalism Scholarship — a $1,000 award that gives preference to a minority student majoring in journalism. This scholarship can be renewed for up to three additional years by maintaining a minimum 2.7 GPA and obtaining approval of the department chairperson.

Louis E. Ingelhart Scholarship — a one-time $1,500 award granted by the Journalism Alumni Association to an outstanding high school journalism student.

Michael Smith Scholarship — a $1,000 scholarship, eligible for renewal for three additional years; awarded to an incoming freshman journalism major with an academic index of 3.0 or higher, or transfer student with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Minimum SAT score of 1,000 (old system) or 1,500 (new system) or an ACT score of 21.

Theresa C. and Leonard S. Sowar Scholarship — a $500 award intended to help an incoming freshman with the cost of books and supplies. First preference is given to applicants who are Muncie residents; second preference to a nontraditional student.

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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