Scholarships are financial aid awards often based on talent, academics, service, or leadership. However, need-based scholarships also exist. You do not have to repay scholarships.

Ball State Scholarships

Ball State awards more than 500 scholarships each year to reward incoming students for their academic, athletic, and creative achievement and demonstrated leadership skills.

Top-ability students in Indiana are expected to complete the Indiana Academic Honors Diploma. Out-of-state applicants should pursue the best college preparatory curriculum available to them.

Academic Distinction Scholarships are for out-of-state residents transferring to Ball State.

To be eligible for this award, you must:

  • be a non-Indiana resident
  • earned an associate in arts or associate in science degree with a minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale from an accredited out-of-state community or junior college
  • have enrolled full-time at Ball State for the first fall or spring semester immediately following completion of the associate degree

The award is a waiver of the out-of-state resident portion of tuition and fees.Students receiving this award are still responsible for paying the equivalent of in-state tuition rates and fees.This does not include room and board charges, technology fees, or the Health Center fee.

The award is renewable for three additional semesters if you maintain a 3.0 GPA.

All eligible transfer applicants are considered for this award. No separate application is necessary. In-state students, students with previous bachelor’s degrees, and re-enrolling Ball State students are not eligible for this award.

This scholarship may be applied only to institutional charges.  All financial aid you receive, when combined with the Academic Distinction Scholarship, cannot exceed the total cost of attendance.

Academic Distinction Scholarship recipients are not eligible to also receive the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) award.

Ball State’s Academic Recognition Scholarship qualifies eligible minority, out-of-state high school seniors who have maintained a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the equivalent of in-state tuition rates. This scholarship is worth more than $60,000 over the course of four years.

Students receiving this award are still responsible for paying the equivalent of in-state tuition rates and fees.

This scholarship is awarded for a maximum of eight semesters of undergraduate study at Ball State and is renewable if your cumulative grade point average (GPA) is 2.0 or higher at the end of each academic year.

This scholarship may be applied only to institutional charges. All financial aid you receive, when combined with the Academic Recognition Scholarship, cannot exceed the total cost of attendance.

You must enroll in on-campus classes as a full-time, degree-seeking student to be eligible for this scholarship.

Academic Recognition Scholarship recipients are not eligible to also receive the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) award.

To accept this prestigious scholarship, you must submit an Enrollment Confirmation Form with your $100 nonrefundable enrollment deposit to Ball State's Office of Admissions by May 1 or two weeks after acceptance notification.

If you have questions about this scholarship, please call the Office of Admissions at 800-482-4278 (toll-free), 765-285-8300, or TTY users only 765-285-2205.

The Ball State Fast Track Scholarship is awarded to participants in the Ivy Tech Fast Track program.

The scholarship pays up to $1,500 per year ($750 per semester) for up to seven semesters or 120 credit hours.

To be eligible, you must:

  • be an Indiana resident
  • complete the required 15 credit hours in the Fast Track program during the fall semester with a 3.5 cumulative grade point average or better
  • be an undergraduate enrolled in on-campus classes as a full-time degree seeking student

To renew the scholarship, you must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0. If the grade point average drops below the required 3.0 at the end of the spring semester of any academic year, the scholarship will not be renewed. However, if the cumulative grade point average is raised to a 3.0 or above at the end of the fall or summer semester, the award can be reinstated upon request.

The Ball State Transfer Scholarship is awarded to well-prepared community college transfer students. The award pays up to $1,000 per year ($500 per semester) for up to three years or 120 credit hours. To be eligible, you must:

  • be an Indiana resident
  • have completed 30 credits or more at Ivy Tech Community College and/or Vincennes University
  • have a 3.5 or higher cumulative grade point average (GPA)
  • not be receiving the Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship
  • be an undergraduate enrolled in on-campus classes as a full-time degree seeking student
To renew the scholarship, you must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. If your GPA drops below the required 3.0 at the end of the spring semester of any academic year, the scholarship will not be renewed. However, if your cumulative GPA increases to a 3.0 or above at the end of the fall or summer semester, the award can be reinstated upon request.

The Completion Scholarship is a $500 tuition credit awarded in a student’s final semester before graduation.

To qualify, you must be an Indiana resident who entered Ball State as a first-time, full-time freshman and will complete a bachelor’s degree within four calendar years.

To receive the award, you must give your advising coordinator a Completion Scholarship Application. You should apply after you register for courses in your final semester but before the course withdrawal deadline.

This scholarship is available only to first-time freshmen who have graduated from high schools in Delaware County, Indiana.

The scholarship awards up to the value of full tuition (which may include the Presidential Scholarship) and room and board.

To be eligible you must demonstrate outstanding leadership, creativity, and academic achievement. A nomination letter from a teacher, counselor, or principal must also be included in your application.  The deadline for applications is February 1.

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The Guardian Scholars Program is for Indiana residents attending Ball State who are either current or former foster youth. The program also provides a variety of postsecondary support and referral services to help you earn a bachelor’s degree at Ball State.

Each year (fall semester only), the program admits up to five incoming freshmen or transfer students who are pursuing their first bachelor’s degrees.

Each award will be up to $2,500 per year, which is renewable for up to four years. You can receive funding for the fall, spring, or summer semesters. The award amount cannot exceed the cost of attendance at Ball State.

You must live in university‐owned housing in order to receive funding for room and board. If you are an incoming freshman, you need to live in university‐owned housing the first two years. If you are an upperclassman or transfer student and choose not to live in university‐owned housing, you may receive less funding.

A review committee selects scholarship recipients based on a competitive application process. 

The scholarship is contingent upon available funding.

To qualify, you must:

  • be accepted to Ball State
  • be a first-time Ball State freshman or a transfer student
  • be a full-time student
  • have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale as an incoming freshman or transfer student (academic GPA as calculated by Ball State’s Office of Admissions)
  • have experienced foster care (applicants must provide documentation of foster care and length of time in foster care) • qualify for “independent student status” under federal financial aid guidelines
  • be pursuing your first baccalaureate
  • must complete the FAFSA by March 10 before fall semester (and update annually for continuation) and demonstrate financial need
  • must complete an Education and Training Voucher (ETV) application (if eligible) by the deadline, as well update the voucher as needed, and follow ETV guidelines
  • be an Indiana resident (with preference given to students younger than 30 at the time of application)

To maintain eligibility, you must:

  • maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • maintain full-time enrollment at Ball State
  • fully participate in the Guardian Scholars program and activities
  • be receptive to staff monitoring academic performance and university records
  • abide by all university standards for appropriate conduct

Learn more and apply (PDF).

This scholarship is available to minority students.

To be eligible for consideration, you must:

  • be an Indiana resident
  • have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher
  • demonstrate high financial need
  • have completed the Federal Application for Free Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 10
This scholarship award amount varies depending on availability of funds and needs of the individual. The FAFSA is the application for this scholarship, and those who meet the criteria will be considered. For more information, contact our office

This scholarship is available to full-time undergraduate students majoring in journalism. Preference is given to minority students and to students who have high school journalism experience.

The award is for $1,000 per year ($500 per semester).

It is renewable each year as long as you maintain a 2.7 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at Ball State and have the approval of the Department of Journalism chair.

The deadline for applying is Feb. 1.

To receive more information and to apply, contact:

Department of Journalism
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
765-285-8200

If you plan to enroll in the Honors College or currently are, you have several scholarships and fellowships available to you.

On top of offering some of Ball State’s most prestigious awards, the college provides resources on national scholarship programs.

Learn more about Honors College Scholarships.

If you are a high school senior who has actively participated in academic and extracurricular activities and has been a leader in your high school and local community, you will want to apply for this award.

The number and the value of Emens Leadership Scholarships may vary slightly from year to year, but in recent years the value has been one-half the amount of in-state tuition. Six to 10 new scholarships have been awarded each year to incoming freshmen. These awards are for eight semesters and are subject to an annual review of the student’s leadership and academic progress.

The Emens Scholars form a lively community of leaders on campus. They meet as a group at least twice a year, and they support each other in their wide-ranging endeavors across campus both in and out of the classroom.

For the 2017-18 academic year, you may download the application. The completed application and supporting material may be returned to Cindy Ervin through any of the following methods:

  • by mail to the Office of the Associate Dean of Students, Administration Building Room 238, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306
  • by email to cervin@bsu.edu
  • by fax to 765-285-2464

The deadline to receive completed applications is Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, no later than 5 pm. Incomplete applications or applications received after this date will not be considered.

The Marshall Scholarship recognizes students who are committed to diversity-related work in their communities, on campus, and in society at large.

The amount awarded for this scholarship is approximately $1,000 for the academic year.

Because Ball State students are a diverse group in themselves, we welcome applicants who advocate social justice with regard to race, ethnicity, economic status, national origin, disability, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, age, and/or religious viewpoints.

Learn more and apply.

National Merit Scholarships

National Merit Scholarships, sponsored by Ball State, are awarded each year to National Merit finalists who select the university as their first choice institution.

The award a $5,000 unrestricted scholarship in addition to the Presidential Scholarship or Academic Recognition Award, if the student is eligible. The $5,000 includes the $1,000 award from the National Merit Scholarship Corp. for Ball State-sponsored students.

The award is for eight semesters of undergraduate study, requires full-time enrollment (12-18 hours), and is renewable if a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average (GPA) is maintained.

Any corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship received will be in addition to the $5,000 up to the cost of attendance.

National Achievement Scholarships

National Achievement Scholarships, sponsored by Ball State, are awarded each year to National Achievement finalists who select the university as their first choice institution and provide a copy of their finalist letter.

The award is in the amount of a $5,000 unrestricted scholarship in addition to the Presidential Scholarship or Academic Recognition Award, if the student is eligible.

The award is for eight semesters of undergraduate study, requires full-time enrollment (12-18 hours), and is renewable if a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average (GPA) is maintained.

Any other National Achievement or corporate-sponsored Achievement scholarship received will be in addition to the $5,000 up to the cost of attendance.

National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars

National Hispanic Scholarships, sponsored by Ball State, are awarded each year to National Hispanic finalists who select Ball State as their first choice institution.

The award is in the amount of a $5,000 unrestricted scholarship in addition to the Presidential Scholarship or Academic Recognition Award, if the student is eligible.

The award is for eight semesters of undergraduate study, requires full-time enrollment (12-18 hours), and is renewable if a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average (GPA) is maintained.

Phi Theta Kappa awards are for Indiana residents transferring to Ball State.

To be eligible for this award, you must:

  • be an Indiana resident who has earned an associate in arts or associate in science degree with a minimum 3.5 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale from an accredited in-state community or junior college
  • be an inducted member of Phi Theta Kappa
  • enroll in on-campus classes as a full-time, degree-seeking student at Ball State for the first fall or spring semester following completion of the associate degree

The scholarship – effective for students enrolling for the fall semester of 2012 or after – will be $4,500 a year for a two years (four semesters), or a total of $9,000. The award covers tuition only.

The award is renewable for three additional semesters if you maintain a 3.0 GPA at Ball State

A limited number of scholarships are awarded, based on availability of funds.

All eligible transfer applicants who have been admitted by July 1 are considered for this award. No separate scholarship application is necessary. However, you should submit a copy of your Phi Theta Kappa membership certificate or membership card and a personal letter requesting scholarship consideration to the Office of Admissions.

Out-of-state students, students with previous bachelor's degrees, and re-enrolling Ball State students are not eligible.

The Presidential Room and Board Award targets a select group of Indiana residents who have been awarded a Presidential Scholarship and have financial need.

The award pays up to $3,000 a year ($1,500 per semester) toward any university room and board charge (i.e. residence hall room and board, university apartment rent, and commuter meal plan) for up to eight semesters. You must be an undergraduate student enrolled full-time in on-campus classes and seeking a degree.

To renew the award, you must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0. If your GPA drops below 3.0 at the end of the spring semester of any academic year, your scholarship will not be renewed. However, if your cumulative grade point average increases to a 3.0 or above at the end of the fall or summer semester, your award can be reinstated upon request.

Selected outstanding high school seniors are awarded a Presidential Scholarship. The award is open to in-state and out-of-state students. This award pays for institutional charges for tuition, fees, and room and board. In certain circumstances, other financial aid you receive may result in your award being reduced. All financial aid you receive, when combined with the Presidential Scholarship, cannot exceed the total cost of attendance.

For Those Awarded 2016-17and Before

  • In-state students can receive $4,500 a year for a four-year total of $18,000.
  • Out-of-state students can receive $12,000 a year for a four-year total of $48,000.

For Those Awarded 2017-18 and After

  • In-state students can receive $6,000 a year for a four-year total of $24,000.
  • Out-of-state students can receive $14,000 a year for a four-year total of $56,000.

Presidential Scholars must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0. If the GPA drops below 3.0 at the end of the spring semester of any academic year, the scholarship will not be renewed. However, if the cumulative GPA is raised to a 3.0 at the end of the fall or summer semester, the award can be reinstated upon request. The scholarship is awarded for a maximum of eight semesters of undergraduate study. Recipients must enroll in on-campus classes as full-time, degree-seeking students.

One semester of eligibility is used when the scholarship is applied in any term (fall, spring, or summer), regardless of the number of hours enrolled. Withdrawal during any term that results in less than a 100 percent refund will count as one semester of eligibility used. Exceptions can be made to extend this scholarship for more than the maximum number of semesters based on extraordinary circumstances.

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions.

The Whitinger Scholarship is the Honors College’s signature scholarship, and it is the most prestigious scholarship awarded by Ball State.

Established in 1976, in addition to the scholarship, recipients are supported by academic programs, social activities, and special opportunities.

The Whitinger Scholarship programs honors 10 remarkably talented students each year. The award covers full tuition and fees, as well as room and board, and is renewable for a total of eight semesters, subject to annual review.

Scholarship recipients are selected by committee, based on their academic ability, character, creativity, and potential for leadership. Whitinger Scholars may pursue any Ball State major.

Eligibility for consideration includes:

  • first-time Honors College freshman starting in the fall semester
  • at least a 3.7 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale in academic college preparatory courses (academic GPA as calculated by Ball State’s Office of Admissions)
  • minimum SAT composite score of 1950, including a minimum of 600 on each of the three subscores: critical reading, math, and writing; or a minimum ACT composite of 29, including a minimum of 26 on the ACT math, English, and writing subscores

Honors College applicants who qualify for the award will be sent application materials upon completion of their application to Ball State. Requirements include a writing sample, résumé, letter of reference, in addition to the other information already on file.

Candidates are invited to spend a day on campus for an interview with a member of the selection committee and complete a one-hour spontaneous essay.

All applicants are personally responsible for submitting their completed applications to the director of the program by the mid-January deadline. Specific information is on the application form. Self-nominations and applications or nominations from schools are not accepted. All interviews must be completed by March 1.

For more information, contact the Honors College.

New Student Scholarships

Freshman Scholarships

Top-ability students in Indiana are expected to complete the Indiana Academic Honors Diploma. Out-of-state applicants should pursue the best college preparatory curriculum available to them.

Ball State offers many scholarships first-year freshman will want to explore:

Selected outstanding high school seniors are awarded a Presidential Scholarship. The award is open to in-state and out-of-state students. This award pays for institutional charges for tuition, fees, and room and board. In certain circumstances, other financial aid you receive may result in your award being reduced. All financial aid you receive, when combined with the Presidential Scholarship, cannot exceed the total cost of attendance.

For Those Awarded 2016-17and Before

  • In-state students can receive $4,500 a year for a four-year total of $18,000.
  • Out-of-state students can receive $12,000 a year for a four-year total of $48,000.

For Those Awarded 2017-18 and After

  • In-state students can receive $6,000 a year for a four-year total of $24,000.
  • Out-of-state students can receive $14,000 a year for a four-year total of $56,000.

Presidential Scholars must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0. If the GPA drops below 3.0 at the end of the spring semester of any academic year, the scholarship will not be renewed. However, if the cumulative GPA is raised to a 3.0 at the end of the fall or summer semester, the award can be reinstated upon request. The scholarship is awarded for a maximum of eight semesters of undergraduate study. Recipients must enroll in on-campus classes as full-time, degree-seeking students.

The Presidential Room and Board Award targets a select group of Indiana residents who have been awarded a Presidential Scholarship and have financial need.

The award pays up to $3,000 a year ($1,500 per semester) toward any university room and board charge (i.e. residence hall room and board, university apartment rent, and commuter meal plan) for up to eight semesters. You must be an undergraduate student enrolled full time in on-campus classes and seeking a degree.

To renew the award, you must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. If your GPA drops below 3.0 at the end of the spring semester of any academic year, your scholarship will not be renewed. However, if your cumulative grade point average increases to a 3.0 or above at the end of the fall or summer semester, your award can be reinstated upon request.

The Whitinger Scholarship is the Honors College’s signature scholarship, and it is the most prestigious scholarship awarded by Ball State.

Established in 1976, in addition to the scholarship, recipients are supported by academic programs, social activities, and special opportunities.

The Whitinger Scholarship programs honors 10 remarkably talented students each year. The award covers full tuition and fees, as well as room and board, and is renewable for a total of eight semesters, subject to annual review.

Scholarship recipients are selected by committee, based on their academic ability, character, creativity, and potential for leadership. Whitinger Scholars may pursue any Ball State major.

Eligibility for consideration includes:

  • first-time Honors College freshman, fall semester
  • at least a 3.7 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale in academic college preparatory courses (academic GPA as calculated by Ball State’s Office of Admissions)
  • minimum SAT composite score of 1950, including a minimum of 600 on each of the three subscores: critical reading, math, and writing; or a minimum ACT composite of 29, including a minimum of 26 on the ACT math, English, and writing subscores

Honors College applicants who qualify for the award will be sent application materials upon completion of their application to Ball State. Requirements include a writing sample, résumé, letter of reference, in addition to the other information already on file.

Candidates are invited to spend a day on campus for an interview with a member of the selection committee and complete a one-hour spontaneous essay.

All applicants are personally responsible for submitting their completed applications to the director of the program by the mid-January deadline. Specific information is on the application form. Self-nominations and applications or nominations from schools are not accepted. All interviews must be completed by March 1.

For more information, contact the Honors College.

One semester of eligibility is used when the scholarship is applied in any term (fall, spring, or summer), regardless of the number of hours enrolled. Withdrawal during any term that results in less than a 100 percent refund will count as one semester of eligibility used. Exceptions can be made to extend this scholarship for more than the maximum number of semesters based on extraordinary circumstances.

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions.

Ball State’s Academic Recognition Scholarship qualifies eligible minority, out-of-state high school seniors who have maintained a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale for the equivalent of in-state tuition rates. This scholarship is worth more than $60,000 over the course of four years.

Students receiving this award are still responsible for paying the equivalent of in-state tuition rates and fees.

This scholarship is awarded for a maximum of eight semesters of undergraduate study at Ball State and is renewable if your cumulative grade point average is 2.0 or higher at the end of each academic year.

This scholarship may be applied only to institutional charges. All financial aid you receive, when combined with the Academic Recognition Scholarship, cannot exceed the total cost of attendance.

You must enroll in on-campus classes as a full-time, degree-seeking student to be eligible for this scholarship.

Academic Recognition recipients are not eligible to also receive the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) award.

To accept this prestigious scholarship, you must submit an Enrollment Confirmation Form with your $100 nonrefundable enrollment deposit to Ball State's Office of Admissions by May 1 or two weeks after acceptance notification.

If you have questions about this scholarship, please call the Office of Admissions at 800-482-4278 (toll-free), 765-285-8300, or TTY users only 765-285-2205.

This scholarship is available only to first-time freshmen who have graduated from high schools in Delaware County, Indiana.

The scholarship awards up to the value of full tuition (which may include the Presidential Scholarship) and room and board.

To be eligible, you must demonstrate outstanding leadership, creativity, and academic achievement. A teacher, counselor, or principal must nominate you for the award by Feb. 1.

If you are nominated, you will be asked to apply by March 1.

For more information contact, contact our office

This scholarship is available to minority students.

To be eligible for consideration, you must:

  • be an Indiana resident
  • have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher
  • demonstrate high financial need
  • have completed the Federal Application for Free Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 10

This scholarship award amount varies, depending on availability of funds and needs of the individual. The FAFSA is the application for this scholarship, and those who meet the criteria will be considered.

For more information, contact our office

This scholarship is available to full-time undergraduate students majoring in journalism. Preference is given to minority students and to students who have high school journalism experience.

The award is for $1,000 per year ($500 per semester).

It is renewable each year as long as you maintain a 2.7 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale at Ball State and have the approval of the Department of Journalism chair.

The deadline for applying is Feb. 1.

To receive more information and to apply, contact:

Department of Journalism
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
765-285-8200

You will want to apply for a John R. Emens and Aline B. Emens Scholarship if you are a high school senior who has actively participated in and provided leadership for academic and extracurricular activities in your high school and local community.

The number and the value of Emens Scholarships may vary slightly from year to year, but in recent years, the value has been one-half the amount of in-state tuition, and six to 10 scholarships have been awarded each year to incoming freshman.  In addition, most students who are awarded an Emens Scholarship also receive a Presidential or equivalent scholarship and thus receive financial aid equal to full tuition. These awards are for eight semesters and are subject to an annual review of the student’s leadership and academic progress.

The Emens Scholars form a lively community of leaders on campus. They meet as a group at least twice a year, and they support each other in their wide-ranging endeavors across campus both in and out of the classroom.

For the 2017-18 academic year, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will accept a letter of nomination from a high school counselor, principal, or teacher. You must submit the letter between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31. After the nomination is received, you will receive the application. You must return it to Cindy Ervin at the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services in the Bracken Administration Building (AD 238) before 5 p.m. Feb. 1, 2017. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

The Miller Scholarship is an academic scholarship program developed to financially support and academically challenge top students to achieve at the highest levels. Open to incoming freshmen, the program offers a powerful and vibrant experience that's second to none—it honors and supports the highest-caliber students who enroll in the Miller College of Business at Ball State University. The program combines the Miller Business Honors Program with academic funding throughout the four-year college experience.

Learn more about the Miller Scholarship.

Ball State University offers a variety of scholarships to high-achieving students based on their admissions application, test scores, academic performance, and other factors. Not all students who meet the minimum qualifications will be offered a scholarship. The number of scholarships awarded each year is dependent on a variety of factors, including but not limited to the size and quality of the incoming freshman class. There is no additional application required for these scholarships and recipients will be notified as they are selected.

The Ball State STEM Scholarship is awarded to a select group of Indiana Presidential Scholarship recipients enrolled in approved STEM degree programs. This award supplements the Presidential Scholarship and pays up to $3,000 per year ($1,500 per semester). This scholarship may be applied only to institutional charges. All financial aid you receive, when combined with the STEM Scholarship, cannot exceed the total cost of attendance. The scholarship is awarded for a maximum of eight semesters of undergraduate study. Recipients must be enrolled in on-campus classes as full-time degree seeking students.

Renewal: If the student changes majors to a degree not classified as STEM, the award will not be renewed. The student must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0. If the grade point average drops below the required 3.0 at the end of the spring semester of any academic year, the scholarship will not be renewed. However, if the cumulative grade point average is raised to a 3.0 or above at the end of the fall or summer semester, the award can be reinstated upon request.

Ball State University offers a variety of scholarships to high-achieving students based on their admissions application, test scores, academic performance, and other factors. Not all students who meet the minimum qualifications will be offered a scholarship. The number of scholarships awarded each year is dependent on a variety of factors, including but not limited to the size and quality of the incoming freshman class. There is no additional application required for these scholarships and recipients will be notified as they are selected.

The Honors College Residency Award is awarded to a select group of Honors College applicants. The award pays up to $3,000 per year ($1,500 per semester) toward any university room and board charge (i.e. residence hall room and board, university apartment rent, and commuter meal plan) for up to eight semesters. A recipient must be an undergraduate enrolled in on-campus classes as a full-time degree seeking student.

Renewal: Students are required to maintain their status in the Honors College and a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.33. If the grade point average drops below the required 3.33 at the end of the spring semester of any academic year, the scholarship will not be renewed. However, if the cumulative grade point average is raised to a 3.33 or above at the end of the fall or summer semester, the award can be reinstated upon request.

Ball State University offers a variety of scholarships to high-achieving students based on their admissions application, test scores, academic performance, and other factors. Not all students who meet the minimum qualifications will be offered a scholarship. The number of scholarships awarded each year is dependent on a variety of factors, including but not limited to the size and quality of the incoming freshman class. There is no additional application required for these scholarships and recipients will be notified as they are selected.

The award is targeted to a select group of minority applicants who have an academic grade point average (GPA, or index) of a 3.0 or higher and show financial need. The award pays up to $3,000 a year ($1,500 per semester) and is renewable for a total of four years (eight semesters). This scholarship may be applied only to institutional charges. All financial aid you receive, when combined with the Provost Award, cannot exceed the total cost of attendance. A recipient must be an undergraduate enrolled in on-campus classes as a full-time degree seeking student.

Renewal: The student must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0. If the grade point average drops below the required 3.0 at the end of the spring semester of any academic year, the scholarship will not be renewed. However, if the cumulative grade point average is raised to a 3.0 or above at the end of the fall or summer semester, the award can be reinstated upon request.

Transfer Scholarships

In-State Resident

Phi Theta Kappa awards are for Indiana residents transferring to Ball State.

To be eligible for this award, you must:

  • be an Indiana resident who has earned an associate in arts or associate in science degree with a minimum 3.5 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale from an accredited in-state community or junior college
  • be an inducted member of Phi Theta Kappa
  • enroll in on-campus classes as a full-time, degree-seeking student at Ball State for the first fall or spring semester following completion of the associate degree

The scholarship – effective for students enrolling for the fall semester of 2012 or after – will be $4,500 a year for a two years (four semesters), or a total of $9,000. The award covers tuition only.

The award is renewable for three additional semesters if you maintain a 3.0 GPA at Ball State

A limited number of scholarships are awarded, based on availability of funds.

All eligible transfer applicants who have been admitted by July 1 are considered for this award. No separate scholarship application is necessary. However, you should submit a copy of your Phi Theta Kappa membership certificate or membership card and a personal letter requesting scholarship consideration to the Office of Admissions.

Out-of-state students, students with previous bachelor's degrees, and re-enrolling Ball State students are not eligible.

The Ball State Transfer Scholarship is awarded to well-prepared community college transfer students.

The award pays up to $1,000 per year ($500 per semester) for up to three years or 120 credit hours.

To be eligible, you must:

  • be an Indiana resident
  • have completed 30 credits or more at Ivy Tech Community College and/or Vincennes University
  • have a 3.5 or higher cumulative grade point average
  • ·not be receiving the Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship
  • be an undergraduate enrolled in on-campus classes as a full-time degree seeking student

To renew the scholarship, you must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. If your GPA drops below the required 3.0 at the end of the spring semester of any academic year, the scholarship will not be renewed. However, if your cumulative GPA increases to a 3.0 or above at the end of the fall or summer semester, the award can be reinstated upon request.

The Ball State Fast Track Scholarship is awarded to participants in the Ivy Tech Fast Track program.

The scholarship pays up to $1,500 per year ($750 per semester) for up to seven semesters or 120 credit hours.

To be eligible, you must:

  • be an Indiana resident
  • complete the required 15 credit hours in the Fast Track program during the fall semester with a 3.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or better
  • be an undergraduate enrolled in on-campus classes as a full-time degree seeking student

To renew the scholarship, you must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. If the grade point average drops below the required 3.0 at the end of the spring semester of any academic year, the scholarship will not be renewed. However, if the cumulative grade point average is raised to a 3.0 or above at the end of the fall or summer semester, the award can be reinstated upon request.

Out-of-State Resident

Academic Distinction Scholarships are for out-of-state residents transferring to Ball State.

To be eligible for this award, you must:

  • be a non-Indiana resident
  • earned an associate in arts or associate in science degree with a minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale from an accredited out-of-state community or junior college
  • have enrolled full-time at Ball State for the first fall or spring semester immediately following completion of the associate degree

The award is a waiver of the out-of-state resident portion of tuition and fees. This does not include room and board charges, technology fees, or the Health Center fee.

The award is renewable for three additional semesters if you maintain a 3.0 GPA.

All eligible transfer applicants are considered for this award. No separate application is necessary.

In-state students, students with previous bachelor's degrees, and re-enrolling Ball State students are not eligible for this award.

Other Scholarships

You must notify the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships of any awards you receive from sources other than Ball State. Examples include awards sponsored by the Elks, PTA, sororities, and service organizations.

Using Scholarships

You will not be able to use the scholarship funds until the money is on deposit with the university. This funding will be divided into two equal parts, with one-half of the scholarship to be used each semester unless otherwise stipulated by the donor. The scholarship may be used only for those expenses designated by the donor. We will assume that at least half-time attendance is required unless the donor provides information stating otherwise. Please direct questions regarding use and renewal of the scholarship to the donor. Scholarship checks from outside organizations should be sent to our office as soon as possible to ensure timely processing. After Ball State receives the funds, the scholarship is credited to your account with the Office of Bursar and Loan Administration (unless you need to sign the check).

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Disclaimer

Although we screen these listings to eliminate any offers that do not appear to be legitimate, inclusion in this list does not indicate an endorsement or recommendation of any kind. Students should review all scholarship information carefully, especially before submitting an application fee of any kind. 

Explore our Protecting Yourself and Your Money webpage for additional information.

Indiana Scholarships

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE) offers the William A. Crawford Minority Teacher Scholarship to you if you:

  • are a minority student (defined as black or Hispanic)
  • are admitted to or already attend an eligible Indiana institution as a full-time student
  • intend to pursue or are pursuing a course of study that would enable you, upon graduation, to teach in an accredited school in Indiana
  • agree, in writing, to apply for a teaching position in an accredited school in Indiana after you are certified as a teacher and, if hired, to teach for at least three years
  • meet other criteria established by the CHE
Minimum criteria to receive state financial aid, including the William A. Crawford Minority Teacher Scholarship, include that you:
  • be an Indiana resident and an eligible U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • not be in default on a federal student loan or in overpayment status on a federal student grant

You must complete a FAFSA before you can complete the online scholarship application. It takes five to seven business days from filing for the FAFSA data to be available in the state's system. Therefore, the FAFSA must be filed in time for the student to meet the application deadline.

To renew the scholarship, a minority student who qualified for the initial award must maintain the cumulative grade point average (GPA) required for admission to the institution’s school of education or at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent if the school does not require a minimum GPA. Only first-time undergraduate students are eligible to receive the William A. Crawford Minority Teacher Scholarship.

Apply online for the William A. Crawford Minority Teacher Scholarship.

The Mitch Daniels Early Graduation Scholarship, which is funded by the state of Indiana, is a one-time award up to $4,000 to cover tuition and regularly assessed fees for any student who:

  • is a resident of Indiana and had been a resident of Indiana for at least the last two semesters before graduating
  • attends a publicly supported school on a full-time equivalency basis for at least the last two semesters before graduating
  • met at least the minimum requirements set by the Indiana State Board of Education for granting a high school diploma by the end of grade 11 and was awarded after Dec. 31, 2010 a high school diploma by the
  • was not enrolled in a publicly supported school for any part of grade 12
  • applies to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE)
  • within five months after graduating from high school, becomes a student in good standing taking classes at an approved postsecondary educational institution and is engaged in a program that will lead to an approved postsecondary degree or credential
CHE must verify that your matriculation, the Mitch Daniels Early Graduation Scholarship application, and FAFSA filing and contents meet the requirements for you to be eligible for this scholarship before the college may bill CHE.

Free Searches

Listed here are several financial aid websites that provide scholarship search opportunities and information.

If you receive scholarships from sources other than Ball State, you must notify our office. Examples of these funds are awards sponsored by civic groups, high school parent-teacher organizations, sororities, and service organizations.

Scholarship funds will be applied to university charges once the money is on deposit with Ball State. With the exception of awards of $500 or less, funds will be divided into two equal parts, with half of the scholarship to be used each semester, unless otherwise stipulated by the donor.

The scholarship may be used only for those expenses designated by the donor. We will assume that at least half-time attendance is required, unless the donor provides information stating otherwise. Questions regarding use and renewal of the scholarship should be directed to the donor. Scholarships are considered resources, which may affect other financial aid.

Please explore the free scholarship search websites below.

Bigfuture Scholarship Search by the College Board

Bigfuture Scholarship Search is a free, searchable database to locate scholarships, internships, grants, and loans that match your education level, talents, and background. This scholarship search claims students will find potential opportunities from a database of more than 2,300 sources of college funding, totaling nearly $3 billion in available aid.

College Toolkit

College Toolkit contains a database of scholarship opportunities for students to search and offers online application forms for select scholarships.

FastWeb

FastWeb is a database of more than 400,000 scholarships for every type of student from the high school freshman to the returning adult.

Foundation Center

The Foundation Center provides a list of community foundations that may offer scholarships.

GoodCall Scholarship Search

GoodCall is a database the lets you filter scholarship search results and more base on criteria such as academic interests or demographics.

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

This site has resources for Hispanic students. HACU fulfills its mission by:
  • promoting the development of member colleges and universities
  • improving access to and the quality of postsecondary educational opportunities for Hispanic students
  • meeting the needs of businesses, industry, and government through the development and sharing of resources, information and expertise

MACH 25 (CollegeNET)

MACH 25 is a database that contains more than 600,000 awards totaling approximately $1.6 billion. The keyword search gives you a quick way to narrow down to a particular scholarship or group of scholarships.

Military.com

Military.com has scholarship finder for millions of dollars in scholarships and grants exclusively for the military community.

Peterson’s Scholarship Search

Peterson’s Scholarship Search is database provided by the college guide publisher. It is one of the largest undergraduate scholarship databases available. It connects students with more than 1.6 million scholarships, grants, and awards worth nearly $6.4 billion.

Scholarship Experts

Scholarship Experts has a database containing over 2.4 million awards worth over $14 billion.

ScholarshipHelp.org

ScholarshipHelp.org is a website that educates students about scholarship access and the necessary requirements for achieving maximum financial aid. It also provides information, free of charge, to help students avoid scholarship scam artists and misleading authors who promise “secrets” to what is essentially publicly available information.

Scholarship Hunter

Scholarship Hunter is free and easy-to-use scholarship research source.