Inauguration Scholarships

032905group President Jo Ann M. Gora and Ball State's Inauguration Scholars pose at the Indiana Statehouse.

Governor Mitch Daniels joined Ball State University President Jo Ann M. Gora on March 29, 2005, at the Indiana Statehouse to congratulate 25 Indiana high school seniors chosen to receive scholarships partially funded with money the university saved by forgoing a formal inauguration ceremony. The event also marked Gora’s official installation as Ball State’s 14th president.
Medallion Benefactors

Ball State created the Inauguration Scholarship Fund with the direct and indirect savings it realized by not holding an inauguration. In addition, 25 benefactors each pledged a $10,000 “Medallion” gift, named for the medallion bestowed on the president during an inauguration ceremony, allowing the university to offer scholarships to 25 high-achieving students.