Financial Aid and Scholarships

You can help pay for your education by receiving scholarships and fellowships, which are typically awarded to students who have demonstrated excellence and who will be in school upon receipt of the support.

Department Scholarships

Scholarship Application Information and Instructions

The Department of Psychological Science awards three scholarships annually (the W.W. Renke Memorial Scholarship, the Dr. Robert E. Hill Jr. Scholarship, and the William R. Clark Scholarship) and one biannually (the Dr. Hilda Gordon Scholarship) to acknowledge and support undergraduate students who have demonstrated excellence in academic work, professional development, commitment to the field of psychology and/or commitment to a liberal education. Each scholarship has slightly different criteria, which are summarized on the Scholarship Information Page. For example, 2 scholarships have a minimum GPA (Renke and Hill) while another (Gordon) expressly states that grades are not to be considered for eligibility. By completing and submitting one scholarship application, you will be considered for all of the awards for which you are eligible. Though funding for the scholarships, and therefore the cash value varies from year to year, the department tends to set the same cash value for all awards presented within the same year. Finally, please note that the Gordon Scholarship is being awarded by the Department of Psychological Science in even numbered years.

To apply for consideration for these scholarships, please complete and submit the following materials via email to Dr. George Gaither, the chair of the Undergraduate Committee, no later than 4:30 pm on the Friday before Spring Break.

  1. Completed Application Cover Page.  
  2. Essay (see Application Cover Page for instructions).
  3. Current Resume or Vita, including but not limited to: 
    Name
    Contact information (current and permanent) 
    Educational Experience (do not include high school information) 
    Psychology-related Professional Experience (paid, volunteer, and internship; teaching, research, and service; membership/office in Psi Chi or psychology-related organization)
    Other Professional Experience (experiences not directly related to psychology) 
    Honors and Awards
  4. Current DegreeWorks analysis (click "Save as PDF").

PLEASE SUBMIT ALL in PDF format (either as 4 separate files or can be combined) 

Send in an email to Dr. George Gaither, deadline: 4:30pm on the Friday before Spring Break

Scholarship Information
Department of Psychological Science

Dr. William R. Clark Scholarship (PDF) 
The award was established by Mrs. Louise Clark to honor her husband, who was a professor and valued colleague in the Department of Psychological Science. 

Criteria:

  • Be majoring in Psychology at Ball State University

W.W. Renke Memorial Scholarship

This fund was established by Pauline Renke in memory of her husband who served in our department for twenty-five years. The intent is both to assist a deserving student and to honor the memory of a distinguished faculty member. In particular, it is hoped that this award will encourage us to reflect on and implement the values that Bill Renke lived by. These include a dedication to promoting the happiness of those around him, and a commitment not only to excellence in one's profession, but also to the fair and ethical treatment of others.

Criteria:

  • Be majoring in Psychology at Ball State University
  • Have a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Dr. Robert E. Hill Jr. Scholarship

The award was established by Mrs. Doris Hill to honor her husband, who was the first chair of the Department of Psychological Science. The purpose of the award is to honor and assist students who demonstrate excellence and the ideals that Dr. Robert Hill Jr. strongly endorsed and encouraged.

Criteria:

  • Be majoring in Psychology at Ball State University
  • Have a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale

Dr. Hilda Gordon Scholarship

The award was established together with the Dr. Whitney Gordon Scholarship by Dr. Vaneeta-marie D'Andrea to honor the Gordons, both of whom were excellent teacher-scholars at Ball State University. The purpose of the award is to honor and assist students who demonstrate a history of or interest in community service and disadvantaged populations. The Dr. Hilda Gordon Scholarships is awarded to a student in the Department of Psychological Science in even years and the Dr. Whitney Gordon Scholarship is awarded to a student in the Department of Sociology in odd years.

Criteria:

  • Sophomore, junior or senior majoring in Psychology at Ball State University.
  • Grades are not a criteria or condition for eligibility or consideration

Community service work or interest in disadvantaged populations is weighed favorably and encouraged. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is a great resource for scholarship information. Visit the Web site or the office (Lucina Hall, room 245) or call (765) 285-5600. Also see Honors College Scholarships.

Department Travel Scholarship

Scholarship Application, Information and Instructions

Don T. and Geneva E. Sprague Scholarship For Student Travel

Don and Geneva Sprague highly valued the importance of an education. Throughout their lives, they spoke out about the importance of obtaining a college degree and provided financial support to family members to pursue their dreams of undergraduate and then graduate studies. In recognition of the education that their daughter received at Bali State (MA'80) and in recognition of the outstanding professors she had as a student at the institution, this memorial scholarship is offered to enable others to share their daughter's wonderful educational experiences at Ball State.

This competitive scholarship will be used to reimburse students for $100.00 of expenses incurred in the presentation of research or other scholarly work at a regional or national conference. (i.e., American Psychological Association, National Association of School Psychologists, Indiana Psychological Association, etc.), including reimbursement of conference registration, hotel, per diem, and miscellaneous travel expenses.

Requirements:

  • Junior or Senior undergraduate student majoring in Psychological Science or a graduate student in Psychological Science
  • An accumulative GPA of a 3.0 or better on a scale of 4.0.
  • Completed application, approved by your faculty mentor before the deadline/s.

Submit in North Quad 104 by signing in a printed application with faculty mentor approval, directed to Chair of the Resource Committee. Spring Conference applications are due by the 3rd Monday of March, at 4:30 p.m. est. and Fall conference applications are due by the 3rd Monday of September, at 4:30 p.m. est.

University Scholarships 
Undergraduate Fellowship Program ($800): designed to enrich contact between outstanding undergraduates and productive faculty. Contact the Ball State University Honors College Office by telephone 765-285-1024, fax 765-285-2072, or visit the Honors College office.


National Scholarships
Useful links to search for national scholarships and fellowships:

Department of Psychological Science
North Quad (NQ), room 104
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-1690
Fax: 765-285-1702