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Bria, Kris, Anthony, Douglas, Brad, Michelle, Kimberly, Shelby, Elizabeth "Biz", and Ben are all Ball State students who have received the Robert E. Kennett Memorial Scholarship, created in 1998 by Phyllis Kennett to honor her husband, who passed away in the spring of 1995.

Each year, Phyllis adds one and sometimes two names to her growing crew of “kids,” and she eagerly looks forward to meeting each one.

“All of my kids are special to me,” Phyllis says. “I’m so happy I can contribute to the scholarship fund now so I can actually get to know the students.”

Robert and Phyllis, both longtime Ball State employees who met while working on campus, talked about creating a scholarship more than 10 years before Robert became ill. Having no children together, they wanted to do what they could to help future Ball State students. “It’s a worthy cause, and Ball State has been such an important part of our lives,” says Phyllis.

After retiring from the Army, Robert worked at Ball State Dining for 27 years, beginning in 1968. He was assistant manager at Woodworth and Studebaker complexes before becoming purchasing agent for the department in 1986.

Phyllis started working at Ball State in registration and admissions and later transferred to Woodworth Dining as a bookkeeper—a position she has held since 1971.

“You could say Ball State has been my bread and butter for many years now,” says Phyllis.

The Robert E. Kennett Memorial Scholarship is awarded every spring to full-time undergraduate students with at least sophomore standing. First preference is given to students from central Indiana majoring in marketing. Students with majors in accounting and family and consumer sciences are also eligible.

“My husband made quite an impact at Ball State,” says Phyllis. “I’m so happy he can be honored through this scholarship and that it will enable us to help so many students, who receive the most important gift of all—a Ball State education!”

Phyllis encourages family and friends to donate to the scholarship fund. Learn how your gift to this scholarship, or other endeavors, can make a difference for Ball State students.