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

Scholarship checks from outside organizations should be sent to our office as soon as possible to ensure timely processing.  After Ball State received the funds, the scholarship will be credited to your account with the Office of the Bursar and Loan Administration (unless you need to sign the check).  Scholarship funds will be applied to university charges once the money is on deposit with Ball State.  The scholarship may be used only for those expenses designated by the donor.

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).  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 sections below for potential scholarship opportunities:

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 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 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 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.