The Department of Elementary Education scholarship application for the 2018-2019 academic year for students majoring in elementary education, early childhood and/or dual majors will be emailed to students on Thursday, February 1, 2018. The deadline for the submission of the application will be Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

The Department of Elementary Education Scholarship Committee will meet in early April. Scholarship recipients will be notified by email (BSU account) and by letter (U.S. mail) inviting them to the Student Recognition Reception held on Tuesday, April 24th from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Ball State University Alumni Center Assembly Hall. Students who were not issued a scholarship will be notified by email (BSU account).

If you have any questions, please contact Valerie Hines, Departmental Secretary. ( 765-285-5590).

***For incoming freshman scholarships please see below.

Thank you.

The Department of Elementary Education


Outstanding matriculating freshman who intend to major in Teacher Education and who apply for admission by the priority date of December 1 will automatically be considered for any available departmental scholarships. Those who are selected will receive a letter indicating the award. No additional application is required.


PLEASE NOTE: On the Scholarship Application Form use the Apple key not the control key for adding multiple references.

Scholarship Descriptions

Graduate students may apply for the following scholarships, Helen Green Scholarship, Margaret Griner Hoffmann Scholarship, R. Ann Williams Scholarship for Single Parents, and William Jennings Casey Transition to Teaching Scholarship.

Annual scholarships for upper-class students pursuing Elementary Education Programs are announced in February in the Department of Elementary Education. For a complete description of each of the scholarships please see the list below.

Ann D. (Reutebuch) Ballinger Scholarship - Students in elementary education who are enrolled 12 hours or more; preference to students who are graduates of an accredited high school in the State of Indiana; monies to be used for tuition and fees; scholarship may be renewed at the discretion of the scholarship committee; selection made by Elementary Education Scholarship Committee.

Barbara L. Wind Early Childhood Scholarship - Students majoring in Early Childhood; demonstrated financial need; two scholarships shall be awarded each year; one student for the fall semester and a different student for the spring semester.

Betty Lee Dickey Goodrick Scholarship - Recipient must be a full-time BSU sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in Elementary Education; must demonstrate financial need; minimum GPA of at least 3.0 overall, shall be a resident of Indiana at the time of the award.

Dr. June Irving Scholarship for Early Childhood Education - Junior or Senior pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education; student must possess a passion for working with young children; and must maintain standards for the program.

Elementary Education Scholarship - Recipient must be a junior with at least a 3.2 overall GPA on a 4.0 scale; students are nominated by the faculty for the scholarship, and the Departmental Honors Committee selects the students to be awarded this scholarship.

Everett and Marie Zirkle Scholarship - Student majoring in elementary education; recipients shall be from Daleville or Middletown, Indiana.

Hallie Conrad Boals Scholarship - Student majoring in Elementary Education; renewable at the discretion of the scholarship selection committee.

Harvey Memorial Scholarship - The award will be made to a graduate of Franklin County High School, or its successor high school, interested in pursuing an elementary education degree at BSU; recipient shall be the candidate with the best potential as a future elementary teacher; evidence of financial need is not necessary and shall not be considered; the award shall be renewed for each succeeding undergraduate year so long as the recipient maintains the minimum GPA necessary to remain enrolled at BSU, with maximum renewal period equal to four academic years or eight semesters; if there is a year in which there are no qualified recipients, the interest shall be accumulated for future years.

Helen Green Scholarship - Recipient shall be a full-time student enrolled at BSU either completing junior status in their undergraduate studies and majoring in one of the certification programs offered by the Department of Elementary Education; or be enrolled in a graduate program in elementary education/early childhood, or reading, shall have evidenced dedication and enthusiasm to enriching children's lives through reading and children's literature by: enrollment in reading, language arts, and children's literature courses; interest in completion of an endorsement in reading; dedicated efforts through volunteer involvement, class work, or faculty recommendation; shall be of high moral character and have a GPA of 3.3 in major.

Laura M. Schroeder Memorial Scholarship - Recipient must be a full-time undergraduate student majoring in early childhood education or kindergarten/primary education; demonstrated financial need; a great desire to work with children; minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

M. Kay Stickle Scholarship - Students majoring in elementary education; students engaged in field experiences, such as student teaching, in their final year of studies; and students who have demonstrated financial need.

Margaret Griner Hoffmann Scholarship - Recipient(s) shall be an undergraduate or graduate student who is majoring in elementary education; undergraduate recipient(s) can be a freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or transfer student; preference will be given to a student with demonstrated financial need, however both merit and need shall be factors used to select a recipient; renewable at the discretion of the Department of Elementary Education providing the student meets the above stated criteria.

Mark and Bettie Murfin Scholarship - Students majoring in Elementary Education

Nellie B. Gantz Scholarship - Students majoring in elementary education

R. Ann Williams Scholarship for Single Parents - Recipient shall be a single parent who has legal and financial responsibility for a child under the age of 18; must be a full or part-time student pursing an undergraduate or graduate degree in the Department of Elementary Education; scholarship can be renewed provided the recipient continues to meet the stated criteria; demonstrated financial need.

Rita Jeanne Bell Scholarship - Recipient should be a resident of Cass county, Indiana; student should be an elementary education major.

Scott R. Popplewell International Scholarship - Recipient(s) shall be elementary education student with first preference to those enrolled in EDEL-O England International experience; a minimum 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale; financial need may be considered; demonstrated interest in personal and professional growth through international experiences; recipient(s) should give a written report on their experience to the Department of Elementary Education upon completion of the experience. Preference for two awards to be provided per year.

The Second Effort Scholarship - The student shall have completed at least 45 semester hours, but not more than 95 semester hours; recipient must demonstrate outstanding improvement of his/her cumulative GPA since matriculation; recipient must have earned a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Virginia M. Gray Scholarship - Recipients shall be committed to the field of Elementary Education; demonstrated an intellectual ability, academic achievement, and high personal standard.

William Jennings Casey Transition to Teaching Scholarship - Students with demonstrated financial need; students majoring in elementary education; two scholarships shall be awarded each year, one student for the fall semester and to a different student for the spring semester.