Scholarships created for minorities

A new scholarship program will benefit minority students who possess leadership potential and high academic abilities.

Ball State alumnus A.B. Floyd, ’60, and his wife of more than 50 years, Lavon, have pledged $100,000 to the Ball State Bold: Investing in the Future capital campaign for the merit scholarships. The Floyd Leadership Scholars Program will be targeted at high-ability minority students who have demonstrated leadership during their high school careers. Education Redefined: Strategic Plan 2007-2012 includes achieving 15 percent of Ball State’s total enrollment from underrepresented minority populations by 2012.

“Ball State led me to creating my career and giving back to my community,” says A.B. Floyd. “Ball State can guide the lives of these students too.”

During the course of the campaign, A.B. Floyd will cochair a committee to raise funds for the Floyd Leadership Scholars Program, along with Blaine Bishop, class of ’93, a four-time Pro Bowl selection with the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans. Bishop received the Graduate of the Last Decade Award in 1999 and was named to the Ball State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004.

His support of the Floyd Leadership Scholars program dovetails with his involvement in of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee where he is on the board of directors, and graduated from Dennis Bland’s Center for Leadership Development program, of which he is a graduate and which Ball State is proud to partner with in providing scholarships.