You can help pay for your education by receiving scholarships and fellowships, which are typically awarded to students who have demonstrated excellence.

The Department of Modern Languages and Classics has many scholarship opportunities for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, seeking a major or minor in the field of languages or classics. Although the scholarships offered are generally in competition in the spring, early preparation will give the student an edge over the competition.

Department Scholarships

Modern Languages and Classics Scholarship (All languages): A total of three prizes awarded to one student demonstrating achievement and ability in each one of the following languages taught at Ball State: Modern, Classical, and Asian; preference given to foreign language teaching majors.

Robert S. Sears Memorial Scholarship (German): For a student with outstanding achievement in German, with preference given to students majoring in German in combination with another language.

Eugene & Mary Herrman Memorial Scholarship (German): An outstanding German major with a strong interest in conversational German, with a 3.0 GPA overall.

Burkhardt Foreign Language Scholarship (All languages): An outstanding Foreign Language major or minor who has completeed a 300 or 400 level class in that language, with a 3.5 GPA overall; financial need is not a requirement; consideration given to exceptional achievement in Modern Languages as well as demonstrated leadership in departmental or professional activities.

Nicole King Scholarship for Foreign Study (All languages): A junior or senior with a major or minor in Modern Languages and Classics, who will be a participant in a university approved study abroad program, with a 3.5 departmental GPA or 3.3 GPA overall; consideration given to those with demonstrated leadership in departmental or professional activities.

Vicki Yoakum Burton Scholarship Fund (Spanish): An undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Spanish with a minimum 3.0 GPA, with preference given to students demonstrating financial need; however, other qualified students will also be eligible. 

Phyllis Howser Scholp Scholarship in Modern Languages (Japanese or Chinese):  The purpose of the Fund is to provide scholarships to Ball State University students in the Department of Modern Languages and Classics in accordance with the following preferences:

a.  A Junior or Senior student majoring or minoring in Japanese language or Chinese language who is or will be studying abroad in a country where that language is spoken as the primary language, and 

b.  The student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Edward Kadletz Memorial Prize: A student, who has studied two or more years of Greek and is a Modern Languages and Classics major; awarded solely on the basis of merit.

In addition to these departmental scholarships, there are many national and international scholarships available to Ball State students. These scholarships can be viewed on the Honors College's webpage.

Financial Aid Office

The Financial Aid Office is great resource for scholarship information. Visit the office in Lucina Hall (LU), room 245 or call 765-285-5600.


Undergraduate Fellowship Program ($800): Designed to enrich contact between outstanding undergraduates and productive faculty. Contact the Ball State University Honors College office by telephone (317-285-1024), fax (317-285-2072), or visit the Honors College office in Carmichael Hall, room 104.


Useful links to search for national scholarships and fellowships:

For further information regarding application and requirements, for either departmental scholarships or the national and international scholarships, please contact Dr. Chris Luke. Appointments can be made through the Office of Modern Languages and Classics in North Quad, room 178 765-285-1361.