Admission to the Honors College is one of the highest academic honors the University bestows on a student. As such, Ball State has a long history of financially rewarding outstanding talent, leadership, and academic achievement. Our goal is to make your Honors College as affordable for you and your family as possible. Honors College students compete for some of the most prestigious and generous scholarships and fellowships offered by the university and national organizations.

National and International Scholarships and Fellowships

All current Ball State students are eligible for any number of national and international competitive scholarships and fellowships. To apply for these programs, please contact Barb Stedman, director of national and international scholarships. Learn more.

New Students

Most freshmen admitted to the Honors College receive Presidential Scholarships, a substantial award for up to 8 semesters. Ten unusually talented students each year receive the Whitinger Scholars Program, which provides full tuition, mandatory fees, and room and board for a total of eight semesters. Many other scholarship opportunities are available.

Selected outstanding high school seniors are awarded a Presidential Scholarship. The award is open to in-state and out-of-state students. This award pays for institutional charges for tuition, fees, and room and board. In certain circumstances, other financial aid you receive may result in your award being reduced. All financial aid you receive, when combined with the Presidential Scholarship, cannot exceed the total cost of attendance.


  • maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • enroll in on-campus classes as a full-time, degree-seeking students

Note on GPAs

If the GPA drops below 3.0 at the end of the spring semester of any academic year, the scholarship will not be renewed. However, if the cumulative GPA is raised to a 3.0 at the end of the fall or summer semester, the award can be reinstated upon request.

The Whitinger Scholarship is the signature scholarship of the Honors College and is the most prestigious scholarship awarded by Ball State University, honoring 10 exceptionally talented students each year. Established in 1976, the scholarship is supported by academic programs, social activities, and special opportunities as well as the funds for the scholarship itself.

Award Amount

full tuition and fees, including on-campus room and board, renewable for a total of eight semesters, subject to annual review


Requirements include returning the written application, an on-campus conversation with the director of the program or a representative of the committee, and a spontaneous essay.

Scholarship recipients are selected by committee based on their academic ability, character, creativity, and potential for leadership.

Eligibility for consideration includes:

  • first-time Honors College freshman, fall semester
  • at least a 3.7 academic index on a 4.0 scale in academic college preparatory courses (academic index as calculated by Ball State’s Office of Admissions)
  • either a.) a minimum SAT composite score of 1380, including a minimum of 620 on Math, and 650 on English or b.) a minimum ACT composite of 29, including a minimum of 26 on the ACT Math and English sub-scores

How to Apply

Honors College applicants who qualify for the award will receive application materials after applying to Ball State.

All applicants are personally responsible for submitting their completed applications to the director of the program by December 5th. Specific information is on the application form. We will not accept self-nominations or applications or nominations from schools.

We will notify finalists on or before December 18 to schedule an on-campus visit. All interviews must be completed by January 29.

The Honors College and Honors Distinction Scholarships are given to a small number of new freshmen who have competed in the Whitinger Scholars competition.

The Dr. T.M. Anderson Scholarship is given to a freshman honors student majoring in history or in a teaching major with a primary concentration in U.S. history.

Award Amount

The scholarship supplements the Presidential Scholarship up to the value of full Indiana tuition for four years.


To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • major in history
  • maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.33 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • maintain a 3.5 GPA in the history major

The recipient need not be a resident of Indiana. This scholarship is awarded in addition to the Presidential Scholarship.

How to Apply

For more information and an application, contact the Honors College.

Other than the Presidential, Whitinger, and Anderson scholarships, you may be eligible for one or more of several others awards the Honors College awards to incoming freshmen:

  • Melvin Fields and Zelda Holsinger Fields Scholarship
  • Mildred M. and Ralph R. Gilpin Student Scholarship
  • Harding Scholarship
  • Mr. and Mrs. Oliver K. Ho Scholarship
  • David B. and Leighan R. Rinker Study Abroad Scholarship
  • O.L. Strong Memorial Scholarship
  • Nole L. and Rosalyn M. Walters Scholarship
  • Deborah S. Wehman Scholarship
  • Honors College Students of Excellence Scholarship and other funds as available

How to Apply

You may apply by downloading, completing, submitting our common application form and returning it to us by the deadline of January 5.

Download Application (PDF)

Mail To

Honors College
Ball Honors House (BA), room 104
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Current Students

Honors College students may apply for national scholarships, fellowships, and internships that support graduate-level and international study, promote specific areas of undergraduate study, or reward academic excellence. Major awards include the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, Udall Scholarship, Rhodes Scholarship, Fulbright Student Grant, National Science Foundation Fellowship, and the Javits Fellowship.

Honors College students are often candidates for additional scholarships that are not awarded by the Honors College.

If you are a high school senior who has actively participated in academic and extracurricular activities and has been a leader in your high school and local community, you will want to apply for this award. As an Emens Scholar, you will be part of a lively community of leaders on campus. Emens Scholars meet as a group at least twice a year, and they support each other in their wide-ranging endeavors across campus.

Award Amount

This scholarship amount varies each year.

(In recent years, the value has been half the amount of in-state tuition. Six to 10 new scholarships have been awarded each year to incoming freshmen. These awards are for eight semesters and are subject to an annual review of the student’s leadership and academic progress.)


The Emens Scholarship is open to both in-state and out-of-state students. In order to be considered for this award, you must be:

  • a high school senior
  • actively participating in academic and extracurricular activities
  • a leader in your school and local community
Apply for the Emens Leadership Scholarship

The Harold Ellison Scholarship is available only to first-time freshmen who have graduated from schools in Delaware County, Indiana.

Award Amount

full tuition, room, and board at Ball State University


In order to be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • be a first-time freshman
  • have graduated from a high school in Delaware County, Indiana
  • be nominated by your high school guidance counselor
  • have been awarded Ball State’s presidential scholarship

How to Apply

Nomination forms are available from your guidance counselor. The deadline to apply is February 1 of each year.

For More Information

If you have questions about this scholarship, please contact:

First Merchants Private Wealth Advisors
Attn:  Lauren Lewis
P.O. Box 1467
Muncie, IN 47308-1467