Estate gift to benefit Ball State students studying business, fine arts

Topics: Scholarships, Miller College of Business, College of Fine Arts

August 11, 2008

Estate gifts valued at $545,000 from a former local car dealer and his wife will be used to fund scholarships at Ball State University.

The William and Maudames Conner Business Scholarship will benefit students pursuing a major in the Miller College of Business, while the William and Maudames Conner Fine Arts Scholarship will assist students in the College of Fine Arts.

The couple shared a vision of allowing business students and fine arts students to take advantage of generous scholarship awards.

They met while in college and married in 1937. After living in Indianapolis, they later moved to Muncie in 1954 after purchasing a Chevrolet dealership that year. They owned the dealership for 17 years. 

Mrs. Conner also was a member of Kappa Delta sorority, Delaware County Country Club, Tri Kappa sorority, and Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). She attended First Presbyterian Church. 

He died in 1998, and she passed away in 2008.

Availability of the scholarships is dependent upon an award selection process established by Ball State and its academic departments. For more information about other scholarships available at Ball State, contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at 765-285-5600 or visit

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