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Transforming the Lives of Curious Students

Ball State Bold generated more financial commitments than the last two capital campaigns combined. Gifts led to the establishment of more than 200 scholarships, in addition to supporting existing student-centered programs.

Burberry CEO and Ball State alumna Angela Ahrendts visits with Burberry Bold Celebration Scholars.

Ball State celebrated the success of the campaign during a March 2011 Indiana Statehouse ceremony. The university presented 55 incoming Honors College students—known collectively as Bold Celebration Scholars—with $2.2 million in four-year scholarships. Burberry CEO and Ball State benefactor Angela Ahrendts, ’81, who led the creation of a $1 million emerging media scholarship fund, addressed the students on behalf of Bold contributors. This group of students averaged 2116 of a possible 2400 on the SAT and boasted an average high school GPA of 3.96 on a 4.0 scale. In addition, their indicated areas of academic interest covered more than 40 majors at Ball State.

Fashion merchandising major Laura Trexler, ’15, was among four Burberry Bold Celebration Scholars honored during the event. The Fort Wayne, Indiana, native says the scholarship and Ahrendts’ motivational remarks have empowered her to aim high in the fashion industry.

Gov. Mitch Daniels speaks during the Bold Celebration Scholarship event March 17, 2011.

“Bold scholarships are investments in our future that will allow me and the other recipients to reach our goals, which may have been unattainable without the scholarships,” says Trexler, who is minoring in marketing. “Clothing has the power to influence one’s attitude, success, confidence, and beliefs, and I want to change people’s lives through what many believe to be an insignificant industry. Fashion is powerful, and I dream of being a part of it.”

About $17.5 million raised by the campaign will foster programs that encourage innovation and collaboration among faculty, students, and external partners. Leading the charge toward redefining education are Ball State’s immersive learning projects, which provide solutions to problems for businesses and communities.

Between 2007 and 2011, 12,000-plus students completed more than 750 immersive learning projects throughout Indiana. Internationally, students have engaged in projects as far away as Hong Kong, Venice, and Malawi.