Talent Search

Win a $1,000 Scholarship!  

Talent Search Entry Form

overallIt's time to start thinking about the 28th Annual Student Scholarship Talent Search! This is a fabulous opportunity to showcase some of Ball State’s finest talent for the university and community! Each category winner will receive a $500 Scholarship. The overall winner will receive an additional $500 scholarship. Scholarships will be applied to Spring 2013 Semester tuition. All scholarship awards are provided by the Ball State University Alumni Association.

Auditions will take place Monday and Tuesday, September 24-25 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Alumni Center. Finalists will be selected to perform in the following categories: Dance, Female Vocal, Male Vocal, Instrumental, Musical Group, Freestyle, Acoustic, and Original Composition.

The 11th annual Faculty/Staff Royalty Coronation will take place at the end of the show. 
View Faculty/Staff Royalty candidates (coming soon!)

Talent Search Timeline

September 20 Entry forms due by 4:00 p.m. at the Alumni Association Office. Sign up for an audition time.
September 24-25 Auditions, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Alumni Center Assembly Hall
October 1 Mandatory finalists meeting, 5:00 p.m., Alumni Center Conference Room #1
October 8 Tech Rehearsal, 4:30 p.m., Emens Auditorium
October 9 Talent Search, Arrive at 6:30 p.m., Show at 7:30 p.m., Emens Auditorium

Student Scholarship Talent Search Rules and Regulations:

  • Participants may compete only once in each category
  • Each group entry is limited to eight participants
  • Last year’s overall winner may not compete
  • There is no entry fee
  • Each performance must be 2 ½ to 4 minutes in length (deductions will be made for performances below 2 ½ minutes and over 4 minutes)

Scholarship Information: Getting to perform in Emens Auditorium is an incredible opportunity in and of itself, but the BSUAA provides a $1,000 scholarship to the overall winner and $500 scholarships to each category winner. The award criteria are as follows:

  • Student must be a full-time undergraduate student, and the award must be used during the spring semester following the Talent Search competition.
  • The award must be used for tuition and mandatory fees and/or room and board if the student resides in University housing.
  • The award will be transferred from the Ball State University Alumni Association (potentially via the Ball State University Foundation) to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. The funds will be applied directly to the student's Ball State Bursar account.
  • If the student is receiving full tuition, fees, and room and board, is not paying fees and tuition and/or is not a Ball State housing resident, the award will be honorary; no cash disbursements will be made.
  • If the amount of these charges is less than the value of the scholarship, the scholarship will be reduced to cover only the specific charges. No cash disbursements will be made.

This event would not be a success without the participation of our talented Ball State students and funding from the Ball State Alumni Association and Student Government Association.  Thank you!!

Talent Search Entry Form

For additional information, contact Megan Johnston, Talent Search Chairman, at the Homecoming Office, (765) 285-7051 or  

2011 Talent Search

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Photos courtesy of M. Hickey, BSU Photo Services