Each year, the Ball State Department of History awards History scholarships and Hurst Scholarships based on their grade point average.  The Department also awards the Burkhardt Scholarship to two Graduate students.  These scholarships do not require an application, and the recipients are notified after they have met the criteria.  

History Department Scholarships

These scholarships are named in memory of faculty who passed away during their tenure.  

In order to receive these scholarships, students must major in history or social studies education and must have taken at least half of their course work at Ball State.  These scholarships can be applied towards tuition or books.  The student with the highest GPA for their academic class at the end of the Fall semester will be selected for these scholarships during the Spring.

  • Althea Stoeckel - Freshman history or social studies education major
  • N. Merrill Rippy - Sophomore history or social studies education major
  • Lester Schmidt - Junior history or social studies education major
  • Robert A. LaFollette - Senior history or social studies education major
  • Lawrence Birken - Graduate student history or social studies education major


Lawrence and Mabel Hurst Scholarship

Dr. Lawrence Hurst was a long-time member of the history department. Through his generosity and that of his wife Mabel, the department has been able to use the income from a substantial bequest to support outstanding history and social studies education majors in their pursuit of their educational and professional goals.

Hurst Scholarships are conferred annually at the beginning of the Fall semester on the two junior and two senior undergraduate students with the highest grade-point averages.

Richard W. and Dorothy J. Burkhardt Scholarship

The Richard W. and Dorothy J. Burkhardt Scholarship is awarded to graduate students studying history. This scholarship is based on academic achievement and awarded to graduate students who applied for a graduate assistantship but did not receive one.  

Through the generosity of Richard and Dorothy Burkhardt the History Department is able to provide two $1,000 scholarships for graduate students who are pursuing a Master of Arts in History. Recipients may use funds to pay for tuition, fees, or other expenses of study.