In 2004, Dr. Harry J. Macy retired after serving as the Chairperson of the Social Work Department for 27 years.  Under his leadership, Ball State University became nationally known as offering a premier accredited baccalaureate social work degree.

Ms. Delpha S. Macy retired from the social work profession in 2003. She was the founder and director of the family preservation program offered by a comprehensive mental health center serving three East Central Indiana bounties.

 Prior to earning their MSW degrees at Indiana University and beginning their professional social work careers in 1967, Dr. and Ms. Macy served 2 years as U.S. Peace Corps teachers in Tabora, Tanzania. 

Together, Dr. and Ms. Macy provided a combined total of 75 years of social work practice, public education and professional service during their careers.

 The Macy Scholarship program recognizes their life-long commitment to excellence in professional social work practice. The Macy Scholarship program was created to help the Department continue to provide high quality education to exceptionally well-qualified social work students. First awarded in 2008 and to continue in perpetuity, students receive academic, merit-based financial assistance from this scholarship program.

To be considered for the Harry J.  and Delpha S. Macy Scholarship, students must meet the following requirements:

Be full-time, senior-level undergraduate student majoring in social work.

  • Have a commitment to advancing the social work profession.
  • Be dedicated to promoting social and economic justice and demonstrate energy, perseverance, and courage in addressing social problems.
  • Have a life-long commitment to voluntary service to others.
  • Have a history of scholarship and academic excellence.
  • Demonstrate vision and a potential for leadership in strengthening health and human service.

Rehfeld Dobrow Macy Scholarshp Application 2016-17