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Scholarship News

Four graduating seniors receive Fulbright Student Grants

Gilman Scholarship winner to study in Japan for 2014-15

Critical Language Scholarship recipient will study Urdu

Music performance major wins Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

Linda Craig Scholarship winner to address global health

Four students receive Gilman Scholarships for summer study abroad

Freshman to participate in Fulbright Summer Institute in Wales

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship honors for BSU alumni 

TCOM major wins Indiana Broadcasters Association Scholarship

Udall Scholarship winner and honorable mention

Ball State students receive Goldwater Scholarship, honorable mention

Garden Club of America Scholarship winner

Architecture major wins Cultural Vistas Fellowship to Singapore

Two students win Gilman Scholarship for spring study abroad

Ball State athlete wins Bob James Memorial Award
   

June 2014:  Four Ball State students, all May 2014 graduates, have received Fulbright U.S. Student Grants to support study and teaching opportunities in Malaysia, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Hungary during the 2014-15 academic year. Two other students have been named alternates.

 

The Fulbright program is sponsored by the U.S. State Department and is intended to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and those of more than 155 countries. This year the Fulbright headquarters received a record number of applications – over 10,000 – from graduating seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates and ultimately awarded approximately 1,700 grants.

Taylor Byrd photoTaylor Byrd, who completed a degree in English language arts education, received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Malaysia. Beginning in January 2015, she will spend 10 months in a secondary school, likely in a rural area, assisting a Malaysian teacher of English in language instruction and providing explorations of U.S. culture.

 

Outside of her time in the classroom, Taylor intends to engage students in outdoor education as another means of practicing and expanding their English skills. After completing her year in Malaysia, Taylor, a Brookston, Ind., native, wants to pursue a graduate degree in education and a term of service with Peace Corps.

“I am so excited to receive such an honor and, at the same time, accomplish one of my goals: to teach overseas,” Taylor said. “This is such a great opportunity, and I look forward to experiencing a new culture!”

Meghan Reidy photoMeghan Reidy, an Honors College student from Carmel, Ind., has received an English Teaching Assistantship to Germany. She will work with students in grades 5-12 at the Carl Bechstein Gymnasium in the town of Erkner.  Outside of the classroom, Meghan intends to offer formal English tutoring sessions and informal conversation practice with adults in the community.

At Ball State, Meghan majored in German and also completed minors in history and music. After her year with Fulbright, she intends to pursue a master's degree in international relations or apply for a position with the U.S. Department of State. Her eventual goal is to work for the U.S. government, facilitating its relationships with other countries and helping American citizens abroad.

“I have loved the German language and culture since my first exploratory language class in sixth grade, so the opportunity to teach the English language and American culture to students like me in Germany is one I’m really looking forward to,” Meghan said. She departs for Germany at the end of August.

Matt Smith photoHonors College student Matthew J. Smith, of Crown Point, Ind., will use his Fulbright award to complete an M.A. in Public Policy at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. In addition to his academic studies, Matt plans to participate in the university’s Swimming and Water Polo Club and the Warwick Think Tank Society. His academic program will begin in September.

Matt completed Ball State majors in political science (international studies) and history, as well as minors in German, linguistics, and African American studies.  After finishing his degree at the University of Warwick, Matt intends to pursue a career in American policy-making, either in elected politics or at a policy think tank.

“It’s a huge honor to be representing the United States overseas, especially at one of the U.K.’s most prestigious universities,” Matt said. “Ultimately, my goal is to enter American policy-making and help bring us closer to an America where everyone has an equal voice and everyone has the same opportunities I have had to succeed. The Fulbright Scholarship is a major step forward in achieving that goal.”

Hannah Turner photoAnother Honors College student, Hannah Turner, of Bedford Hills, N.Y., has received a Fulbright Student Grant to math and language study in Hungary, at the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Program. Hannah majored in mathematics at Ball State, with a minor in Spanish, and intends to pursue a career in math education at the university level.

In addition to her formal studies in Hungary, Hannah plans to become involved with a primary or secondary school in Budapest, through tutoring or enrichment programs in mathematics, in order to learn more about Hungary’s math education initiative and strategies. “Hungary is famous for math education, producing many great mathematicians,” Hannah said. “It will be so exciting to study in a place with such a rich tradition in math!

Hannah will live with a Hungarian family, in order to immerse herself fully in the culture and language.  After completing two semesters of study in Budapest, she intends to enter a Ph.D. program in math in the U.S.

Of the eight students and recent graduates declared Fulbright finalists earlier this year, two have been named alternates. Talley Gale, a theater major from Russellville, Ark., is an alternate for Fulbright’s partnership program with the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. Amara Knox, an elementary education/special education major from Auburn, Ind., is an alternate for Fulbright’s English Teaching Assistantship program in Malaysia.
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Jesse Taskovic photoJune 2014:  Jesse Taskovic, of Munster, Ind., will spend the 2014-15 academic year studying in Japan with the support of a $5,000 Gilman Scholarship. Jesse, who just completed his sophomore year, has a major in Japanese and minors in Chinese and Asian studies.

As an exchange student at Tokyo Gakugei University, he will take courses in Japanese language, public health, Asian society, and Chinese language. All courses will be taught in Japanese.

The federally-funded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program supports U.S. undergraduate students studying abroad. All scholarship recipients are required to carry out a follow-on project in the U.S. that helps promote international education and understanding.

While in Japan, Jesse plans to do volunteer work in Fukushima to assist in clean-up from the nuclear disaster.  Upon his return to the U.S., he will participate in volunteer work and give presentations in Gary, Ind., in order to “show that humans have the same basic needs, no matter where in the world we live.”
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Amon Rizvi photoJune 2014:   Amon Rizvi, who just completed her sophomore year at Ball State, has received a Critical Language Scholarship to study both spoken and written Urdu in Lucknow, India, for two months this summer.

Amon, who has majors in journalism news and telecommunications news, as well as a minor in political science, said of her Critical Language Scholarship news, “I am so honored to have gotten this scholarship.  Studying Urdu in India will help me better my Urdu and also help me become a foreign correspondent in the future.” The Carol Stream, Ill., native hopes to become a journalist in South Asia or the Middle East.

The Critical Language Scholarship Program, which is a program of the U.S. Department of States’ Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, offers intensive summer language institutes in thirteen foreign languages considered critical to the international relations. Two other Ball State students were named finalists for the scholarship.
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Morgan Ulyat photoJune 2014:  Morgan Ulyat, a May 2014 graduate and Honors College student, has received a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship to support her graduate studies at Westminster Choir College, Rider University’s college of music in Princeton, N.J.

She is one of 51 recent graduates across the country to win the $5,000 fellowship, in addition to six students who received $15,000 fellowships.

At Ball State, the Remington, Ind., resident majored in music (voice performance), with a minor in sacred music. After completing the two-year Master of Music degree in Vocal Pedagogy &
Performance at Westminster, she intends to pursue further vocal training in Europe and a career in opera performance.

“The training necessary to enter a career in opera performance can be long and expensive,” Morgan said. “The Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship will help ease the financial challenges I face and allow me to focus on the career I am passionate about.”

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Ball State has had a campus chapter since 2003.
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Jessica Burger photoMay 2014:  Jessica Burger, who just completed her junior year, has received a $2,500 Linda Craig Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by the Indiana Pacers Foundation.

The scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students in Indiana who demonstrate excellence in academics, character, integrity, and leadership, and who are pursuing careers in medicine, sports medicine, or physical therapy.

Jessica, a resident of Ohio City, Ohio, has majors in exercise science and pre-physical therapy. After completing her bachelor’s degree, she intends to enroll in a Doctor of Physical Therapy program and complete a term of service with the Peace Corps.

Her ultimate career goal is to work with the WHO (World Health Organization) in sub-Saharan Africa, promoting physical activity, rather than medication, as a means of preventing and treating non-communicable diseases.

“My lifetime goal is to combine my love of fitness and volunteering into service on a global scale,” Jessica said.
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May 2014: Four BSU undergraduates have been awarded Gilman Scholarships for summer study abroad.

 

AustinAcelAustin Acel, a resident of Guys Mills, Pa., received $3,000 for study in Chambery, France. He just completed his sophomore year and is pursuing majors in both French and professional sales.

Austin recently founded the International Travel Society (ITS), a campus organization devoted to informing and guiding Ball State students who are interested in studying abroad. His experiences in France will be among the very first programs presented to ITS participants.

“Studying abroad is the first step in making my dreams of working in France a reality, and I am thankful for all the support from Ball State University professors, friends, and family,” Austin said.

SarahSarah Fischer, of Louisville, Ky., received $5,000 for an independent research project that she and two other Ball State students will be conducting in Iceland this summer.

An Honors College student with majors in both biology and art (printmaking), Sarah intends to explore sustainable arts and agriculture through interviews with artists and farmers. In January 2015, she and her fellow travelers will have an exhibit of artwork at Ball State’s Atrium Gallery, showcasing art inspired by their research, as well as work from participating Icelandic artists.

Sarah also recently received a Garden Club of America scholarship to support her summer work. “While studying in Iceland,” said Sarah, “I want to discover a more meaningful existence and then share my findings through an art exhibition upon return."

KatherineGaribayLafayette, Ind., resident Katherine Garibay received $2,500 to support her studies in China this summer with KIIS (Kentucky Institute of International Studies). Katherine, who has a major in English secondary education and minors in Spanish and vocal performance, will study Chinese language, history, and culture during her time abroad.

 

This fall, she will hold a combined lecture/recital on the Ball State campus, singing a selection of Chinese folk songs and sharing photos, artifacts and authentic Chinese cuisine with attendees.

“If I had not received this honor, I would not be able to participate in this amazing educational program,” Katherine said. “I know my experiences in China will help me broaden my awareness of diversity, and I will be able to pass this knowledge on to my future students and apply it to classroom settings.”

ChristineJohnson2Christine Johnson, an Honors College student from Walled Lake, Mich., received $3,000 to support her summer study in China with KIIS. A landscape architecture major with a minor in Asian studies, Christine looks forwarding to studying Chinese culture and history while sketching, photographing, and journaling about her experiences.

Once back at Ball State she’ll work with Prof. Bo Zhang, in the Department of Landscape Architecture, to develop a study-abroad program to China for students in the College of Architecture and Planning.

“Traveling to East Asia has been a dream of mine for a while now,” Christine said. “I am passionately invested in city development and environmental conditions such as China, so the opportunity to experience the country firsthand is incredible.”

A fifth Ball State student, Kane San Miguel, was also offered a Gilman Scholarship, to support study in Argentina this summer, but he declined the scholarship to pursue other opportunities.

The federally-funded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides up to $5,000 to U.S. undergraduate students pursuing academic studies abroad, in order to better prepare them to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. Up to $3,000 of additional funding is available to students to pursue study of certain languages.

All scholarships recipients are required to carry out a follow-up project upon their return to the U.S. that helps promote international education and understanding. 

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April 2014: Emily Schebler, an Honors College freshman with majors in political science and legal studies, has been selected to participate in the 2014 U.K. Fulbright Wales Summer Institute. She was one of 62 freshmen and sophomores chosen nationwide for nine summer institutes, all of which are fully funded.

EmilyScheblerThe Batesville, Ind., native is active in several Ball State organizations, including Mock Trial Team, Student Honors Council, BSU College Republicans, and DeHority Hall Council.

During her six weeks in Wales, Emily and seven other participants will experience educational programming at three different Welsh universities. She’ll learn about the country’s culture, history, geographical variety, and the role that industry has taken in shaping the historical, political and cultural landscape of Wales.

“This is the opportunity of a lifetime to experience another culture that I ordinarily would not be able to experience,” Emily commented. “I am astounded by this wonderful chance to meet others and travel abroad.”

One of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programs operating world-wide, the U.K. Fulbright Summer Institute is a program of the U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission. Summer Institute participants are chosen as future leaders who will support the “special relationship” between the U.S. and U.K.

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April 2014: Four recent Ball State graduates have been recognized by the NSF (National Science Foundation) Graduate Research Fellowship program. Two May 2013 graduates received fellowships:

Jeffrey Dick, who majored in chemistry at Ball State and is now a PhD student in electrochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin

Dustin Owen, who majored in biology as an undergraduate and is a graduate student in ecology at Austin Peay State University

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The following alumni received Honorable Mention:

 • Breanna Brenneman, a December 2013 BSU graduate who majored in microbiology; she will enter a PhD program at the University of Virginia in the summer to prepare for a career in cancer research

Griffin Capehart, a May 2013 BSU graduate who majored in biology and is now a graduate student in physiology at California Polytechnic State University

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LindaBellamyApril 2014: Linda Bellamy, a sophomore majoring in telecommunications (with a minor in creative writing), has received a $2,500 scholarship from the Indiana Broadcasters Association (IBA).

A resident of Indianapolis and a student in Ball State’s Honors College, Linda intends to pursue a career as a camera operator or film editor in the television industry, ideally in children’s programming.

“It means the world to me to receive such an honor and is a testament to the generosity of my community,” she said of winning an IBA scholarship.

The Indiana Broadcasters Association has represented the radio and television broadcasters of Indiana for 65 years.
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April 2014: Colin Hart, a junior Honors College student majoring in theatrical studies, has been named a 2014 Udall Scholar. He is one of 50 students nationwide to receive the $5,000 scholarship, which recognizes his commitment to a career in the environment, his leadership potential, and his academic achievement. He is the eighth Ball State student to win a Udall Scholarship.
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Originally a resident of Bloomington, Ind., Colin intends to become a playwright who focuses on environmental concerns. He has actively pursued such interests through the Department of Theatre and Dance, the 2013 Down to Earth seminar at the Virginia Ball Center for Creative Inquiry, an Undergraduate Research Fellowship investigating sustainability and theatrical arts, and many campus and community service activities.

In early August, Colin and the other 2014 Udall Scholars will assemble in Tucson, Ariz., to receive their awards and meet policymakers and leaders in environmental fields and tribal healthcare and governance.

“Receiving the Udall Scholarship reinforces the legitimacy of my belief that the arts have a huge role to play in sustainability,” said Colin. “Historically, positive social change has often been the result of an artistic movement.”

After completing his undergraduate degree, he intends to pursue a graduate degree in the environmental arts and become a pioneer in that field. The Udall Scholarship “will provide me with networking opportunities,” Colin added. “I will be able to add an artistic voice to the crucial ecological dialogues currently taking place across the nation – extending theories from the scientific laboratory into the art studio.”

SamanthaHarsh2Another Honors College student, Samantha Harsh, was one of 50 students to receive Honorable Mention in the Udall Scholarship competition. A junior from Sylvania, Ohio, she is majoring in natural resources and environmental management.

Samantha intends to bring classroom education and natural resources together through her work with a state-level Department of Natural Resources. She has already gained field experience interning with Ohio’s DNR at Kelley’s Island, where she will work again this summer.

“I want to make big changes in education through my career,” Samantha stated, “and the process of applying for the Udall really helped me solidify these goals and helped me realize that this is really what I want to do with my life.”

The Udall Foundation is an independent federal agency that supports sophomores and juniors committed to careers that protect or serve the environment or tribal policy and healthcare. This year the Foundation received 489 scholarship nominations from colleges and universities across the nation.
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LukeSchmid2March 2014: Luke Schmid, a junior with majors in pre-medicine and cell and molecular biology, as well as a minor in chemistry, has been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship. Fellow junior and chemistry major Amie Baker has received Honorable Mention.

Luke is one of 283 sophomores and juniors nationwide this year to receive the $7,500 scholarship, which is considered the most prestigious scholarship in the nation for undergraduates who intend to pursue research-focused careers in science and mathematics.

A resident of Carmel, Ind., Luke is a student in the Honors College and has been active in cancer research at Ball State since June 2013. After completing his bachelor’s degree, he intends to pursue an MD/PhD in biomedical engineering, with the goal of conducting research in biomedical technology for underdeveloped nations.

“I feel incredibly blessed to have received the Goldwater Scholarship,” Luke stated. “The opportunities made available by this honor will help turn dreams into reality for helping others.” Luke is the tenth Ball State student to receive a Goldwater Scholarship.

AmieBaker2Amie Baker, from Willshire, Ohio, received Honorable Mention for the Goldwater. She has been an active researcher in Ball State’s Chemistry Department, focusing on synthetic organic chemistry. After completing her undergraduate program, she intends to pursue a PhD in chemistry, with the goal of working as a synthetic organic chemist in agriculture or industry, eventually teaching at a university.

“This recognition means a lot to me personally because I know I can compete with other top-level chemists in the United States,” Amie commented. “This honor will help me accomplish my goals of conducting research for an established research facility.”

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was created in 1986 to foster and encourage excellence in scientific and mathematical study and research. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and potential for continued success in academic study and research in science or mathematics.
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March 2014: Sarah Fischer, a sophomore Honors College student with majors in both biology and art (printmaking), has been awarded a Garden Club of America Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship. The $2,000 scholarship will help support independent, experiential research into sustainable arts and agriculture in Iceland this summer with two other Ball State students.
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“As a Garden Club of America Scholar, I feel that I am part of a necessary shift towards a more ecologically sustainable future,” Sarah said.

Sarah, who is from Louisville, Ky., was also named a Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact. The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.

Last summer, Sarah was one of eight U.S. students selected to participate in the U.K. Fulbright Summer Institute at Notthingham Trent University, where she studied the culture and history of the region through art.
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March 2014: Denise Blankenberger – a sophomore Honors College student majoring in architecture, with a minor in sustainability – has been awarded a Cultural Vistas Fellowship to undertake a fully funded, eight-week internship in Singapore this summer. She is the first Ball State student to win the fellowship, which is in its second year. Denise2

The Cultural Vistas Fellowship program annually offers 12 U.S. undergraduates the opportunity to advance their career goals, develop global competencies, and experience life in Argentina, Germany, and Singapore through eight-week internships that focus on sustainability. Denise is one of four students selected for the Singapore program, which includes additional weeks of pre-trip preparation in New York City.

While in Singapore, Denise will intern with an architecture firm or other professional organization that incorporates sustainability principles and practices into its work. “Part of my duty as an architect is to find better ways to approach building and design techniques to assure a cleaner, better future,” she said.

Denise is active in Ball State’s chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and American Institute of Architecture Students. She participated in a Global Brigades environmental service trip to the Panama rainforest in December and has become president of Ball State’s newest Global Brigades program, a brigade specifically focused on architecture.

“I am thrilled to get the chance to travel and explore Singapore, which is one of the most sustainable cities in the world,” said Denise. “I hope to learn about their culture, particularly how individuals live and interact with the built environment, to broaden my understanding of architecture on the international scale.”

Cultural Vistas is a not-for-profit organization that has used career exploration to facilitate connections between Americans and international visitors for more than 60 years. Its mission is “to enrich minds, advance global skills, build careers, and connect lives through international exchange."
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January 2014: Two students have received Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships, to support educational experiences in Malta and Germany during spring semester.

Ellie Komoda, a junior majoring in general studies, with minors in history and psychology, has been awarded a Benjamin Gilman Scholarship to support her study at the University of Malta.Ellie

In addition to her studies at the university, Ellie is creating a short film about her experiences that she will use, upon her return to the U.S., to encourage other college students to study abroad. “So much can be learned outside of their home countries,” said Ellie, who is fluent in four languages, “and opportunities to study abroad are in abundance.”

Her film will fulfill the requirement that all Gilman Scholarship recipients carry out a follow-on project that helps promote international education and understanding.

After completing her bachelor’s degree, Ellie – a resident of Bloomington, Ind. – intends to pursue a career teaching English as a Second Language, in order to help immigrants to the United States adapt to their new country.

Hailey Rice, from Kokomo, Ind., is spending the semester student teaching in Germany with the support of a Gilman Scholarship. A senior in BSU’s exceptional needs and severe interventions program, Hailey is the first Ball State student from her major to participate in the student teaching program at Ramstein, a United States Air force base in Germany. HaileyRice2

“I am so thankful for this scholarship and the awareness it will help bring to other special education majors about this nontraditional route for student teaching,” Hailey said. “I am extremely fortunate to have been given the chance to showcase my abilities and strengthen my passion for teaching students with special needs in Germany.”

For her follow-on project, Hailey plans to share her experiences in Germany in special education classrooms at Ball State and also create printed materials to promote the Ramstein program.

The federally-funded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides up to $5,000 to U.S. undergraduate students pursuing academic studies abroad, in order to better prepare them to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. Up to $3,000 of additional funding is available to students to pursue study of certain languages.

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August 2013: Skylar Chew, a 2012 graduate who played for the women’s soccer team, has received the Skylar ChewBob James Memorial Award from the Mid-American Conference (MAC), in recognition of her outstanding academic performance, character, leadership, and citizenship.

Each year the MAC Faculty Athletics Representatives select one female and one male senior athlete for the $5,000 scholarship, which must be used for graduate studies.

Skylar, who majored in psychology (with a minor in interpersonal relations), will use the scholarship to help fund her future studies in counseling or healthcare, with the goal of becoming a mental health counselor.

Earlier this year she received a $7,500 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, which also must be used to support graduate studies. Nationwide, she was one of only 29 female athletes in fall sports to receive the scholarship and one of 174 athletes, both male and female, to receive the award during the 2012-13 academic year.

Skylar is spending most of 2013 teaching psychology and English to women at the Leadership Center in Honduras. As a BSU student she was extremely active in community service and spent a summer teaching and coaching in Peru.

“I am so thankful for this honor and feel so blessed by everyone who has helped me get to where I am,” Skylar stated. “I pray that this award will contribute to furthering my education so that I am better equipped to serve others and make a positive different throughout the wider world.”

With a 4.0 GPA, Skylar graduated summa cum laude from Ball State in December 2012. She was the first women’s soccer player in the school’s history to be named first-team Capital One Academic All-American. She also earned ESPN Academic All-District second team and Academic All-MAC (Mid-American Conference) honors.

Now in its 25th year, the Bob James Memorial Award is named in honor Bob James, the second commissioner in Mid-American Conference history (1964-71).