At Ball State, our goal is to make a great education as affordable as possible. That’s why we grant up to 13 scholarships to incoming freshmen. Moreover, current students have access to more than 30 awards. 

We also offer a wide range of paid work experiences within our department. Several of these opportunities offer advertising, journalism, or public relations experience, as well as a paycheck.

Returning student scholarships

After your freshman year (and once you've declared a Department of Journalism major), you can apply for a number of scholarships for current or returning students. Some may be targeted to your major or concentration. Online applications invitations will be distributed to all Department of Journalism majors in January. Department of Journalism majors who do not receive this invitation are encouraged to contact the Department of Journalism office for a replacement application link. The application deadline is in late February.

Student employment

If you need to earn while you study, the Department of Journalism offers several opportunities to bring home a paycheck while gaining journalism or strategic communications experience.

For example, The Ball State Daily News has numerous paid positions, allowing you to hone your journalism skills and earn money simultaneously. Paid positions are also available within other student media—particularly for those in leadership roles.

As a journalism student, you’ll also enjoy priority status for secretarial and lab jobs within the department.