At Ball State, 80 percent of our students qualify for financial aid. The Department of Special Education offers several scholarship opportunities to our students.

The source of the scholarships and the amount of the awards vary from year to year. Some of the commonly awarded scholarships are listed below.

This scholarship was founded in 1976 in memory of Kathy Northington, a deaf education major who lost her life in an auto accident during her junior year. Her husband established this scholarship to recognize students majoring in deaf education.

Award Amount

One award of approximately $350.

Criteria

  • Achieve junior or senior status by fall semester.
  • Exhibit outstanding achievement as reflected by GPA.
  • Be a full-time student both fall and spring semesters.
  • Major in deaf education.

How to Apply

Paper applications are available in early spring outside the Department of Special Education office on the seventh floor of Teachers College. You can apply for as many scholarships as you wish, but only one scholarship is awarded to any individual student.

Scholarships are awarded at the annual awards banquet, usually held in mid-April.

Family and friends of David M. Meeks established this scholarship in June 1993 to help overcome financial barriers for student teachers.

Award Amount

Two awards of approximately $2,000 each.

Criteria

  • Have a GPA of 3.5 or higher (at application time).
  • Achieve senior status by start of fall semester of the award year.
  • Be a full-time student both fall and spring semesters.
  • Be enrolled in special education student teaching either fall or spring semester.
  • Major in any area of special education.
  • Express a financial need.

How to Apply

Paper applications are available in early spring outside the Department of Special Education office on the seventh floor of Teachers College. You can apply for as many scholarships as you wish, but only one scholarship is awarded to any individual student.

Scholarships are awarded at the annual awards banquet, usually held in mid-April.

Elizabeth Spencer, professor emeritus of special education, was chairperson of the Department of Special Education for many years. She helped to establish and grow our departmental programs early on.

Award Amount

Two awards of approximately $300.

Criteria

  • Achieve sophomore, junior, or senior status by fall semester.
  • Exhibit outstanding academic achievement.
  • Be a full-time student both fall and spring semesters.
  • Major in mild or severe disabilities.
  • Have been admitted to the teaching curriculum.
  • Express a financial need.

How to Apply

Paper applications are available in early spring outside the Department of Special Education office on the seventh floor of Teachers College. You can apply for as many scholarships as you wish, but only one scholarship is awarded to any individual student.

Scholarships are awarded at the annual awards banquet, usually held in mid-April.

Established in 1985, Reach Out to the Handicapped is an organization that seeks to provide experience typically unavailable to persons with disabilities and give them a sense of well-being.

Award Amount

Two awards of $500 each.

Criteria

  • Be a resident of Indiana (preference to residents of Hancock County).
  • Achieve at least a 2.5 overall GPA.
  • Major in any special education area.
  • Have been admitted to the teaching curriculum.
  • Demonstrate volunteer and/or work experiences with special-needs persons through work experiences, volunteering, or Student Council for Exceptional Children leadership.
  • Be a full-time student both fall and spring semesters or be a part-time student who is working with persons with handicaps.

How to Apply

Paper applications are available in early spring outside the Department of Special Education office on the seventh floor of Teachers College. You can apply for as many scholarships as you wish, but only one scholarship is awarded to any individual student.

Scholarships are awarded at the annual awards banquet, usually held in mid-April.

A bequest from Mary Jo DeVleeschower established this scholarship in 1993 to assist special education students majoring in the deaf education program.

Award Amount

One award of approximately $200 each.

Criteria

  • Achieve junior or senior status by fall semester.
  • Exhibit outstanding achievement as reflected by GPA.
  • Be a full-time student both fall and spring semesters.
  • Major in deaf education.

How to Apply

Paper applications are available in early spring outside the Department of Special Education office on the seventh floor of Teachers College. You can apply for as many scholarships as you wish, but only one scholarship is awarded to any individual student.

Scholarships are awarded at the annual awards banquet, usually held in mid-April.

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