Many scholarships are based on talent, academics, service, or leadership. However, need-based programs also exist.

Ball State offers dozens of scholarships of its own. Several of our academic departments also award funding to students in their programs.

Review the programs below to see what is available to you.

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Freshman scholarships and awards

Freshman Scholarships and Awards

Ball State offers many scholarships and awards that outstanding high school students 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 2016-17 and 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

  • 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.

For Those Awarded 2018-19

  • In-state students can receive $6,000 a year for a four-year total of $24,000.
  • Out-of-state students can receive $16,000 a year for a four-year total of $64,000.

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.

Selected outstanding high school seniors are awarded a Ball State Scholars Award. 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 Ball State Scholars Award, cannot exceed the total cost of attendance.

For Those Awarded 2018-19

  • In-state students can receive $4,500 a year for a four-year total of $18,000.
  • Out-of-state students can receive $14,000 a year for a four-year total of $56,000.

Ball State 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 award is awarded for a maximum of eight semesters of undergraduate study. Recipients must enroll in on-campus classes as full-time, degree-seeking students.

Selected outstanding high school seniors are awarded a Distinction 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 Ball State Scholars Award, cannot exceed the total cost of attendance.

For Those Awarded 2018-19

  • In-state students can receive $2,500 a year for a four-year total of $10,000.
  • Out-of-state students can receive $12,000 a year for a four-year total of $48,000.

Distinction Scholars must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5. If the GPA drops below 2.5 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 2.5 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.

Selected out-of-state high school seniors are awarded an Impact Grant. 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 Impact Grant, cannot exceed the total cost of attendance.

For Those Awarded 2018-19

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

Impact Grant students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5. If the GPA drops below 2.5 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 2.5 at the end of the fall or summer semester, the award can be reinstated upon request. The grant is awarded for a maximum of eight semesters of undergraduate study. Recipients must enroll in on-campus classes as full-time, degree-seeking students.

Selected out-of-state high school seniors are awarded an Opportunity Grant. 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 Opportunity Grant, cannot exceed the total cost of attendance.

For Those Awarded 2018-19

  • Out-of-state students can receive $10,000 a year for a four-year total of $40,000.

Opportunity Grant students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5. If the GPA drops below 2.5 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 2.5 at the end of the fall or summer semester, the award can be reinstated upon request. The grant is awarded for a maximum of eight semesters of undergraduate study. Recipients must enroll in on-campus classes as full-time, degree-seeking students.

Ball State University's Beneficence Scholar Award is worth $18,000 over four years.  This scholarship is awarded to Indiana-Ohio reciprocity recipients with outstanding academic achievement for a maximum eight semesters of undergraduate study and is renewable if your cumulative GPA is 3.0 or higher at the end of each academic year.

This scholarship may only be applied to institutional charges.  All institutional grants and awards you receive, when combined with the Beneficence Scholar Award, can't exceed the total cost of attendance.  You must enroll on on-campus classes as a full-time degree-seeking student to be eligible.

To learn more, contact the Office of Admissions at askus@bsu.edu or 800-482-4BSU.

The Whitinger Scholarship is the signature scholarship of the Honors College and is the most prestigious scholarship awarded by Ball State University, honoring 10 exceptionally talented students each year. Established in 1976, the scholarship is supported by academic programs, social activities, and special opportunities as well as the funds for the scholarship itself.

AWARD AMOUNT

Full tuition and fees, including on-campus room and board, renewable for a total of eight semesters, subject to annual review

CRITERIA

Requirements include returning the written application, an on-campus conversation with the director of the program or a representative of the committee, and a spontaneous essay.

Scholarship recipients are selected by committee based on their academic ability, character, creativity, and potential for leadership.

Eligibility for consideration includes:

  • first-time Honors College freshman, fall semester
  • at least a 3.7 academic index on a 4.0 scale in academic college preparatory courses (academic index as calculated by Ball State’s Office of Admissions)
  • either a.) a minimum SAT composite score of 1380, including a minimum of 620 on Math, and 650 on English or b.) a minimum ACT composite of 29, including a minimum of 26 on the ACT Math and English sub-scores

HOW TO APPLY

Honors College applicants who qualify for the award will receive application materials after applying to Ball State.

All applicants are personally responsible for submitting their completed applications to the director of the program by December 5th. Specific information is on the application form. We will not accept self-nominations or applications or nominations from schools.

We will notify finalists on or before December 18 to schedule an on-campus visit. All interviews must be completed by January 29.

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 Emens Leadership Scholarship is open to both in-state and out-of-state students.

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.

Apply for the Emens Leadership Scholarship

The Miller Business Honors 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 Business Honors 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 Honors College Residency Award is awarded to a select group of Honors College applicants.  The award pays up to $1,500 per year ($750 per semester for up to eight semesters) toward the following university room and board charges: residence hall room and board, university apartment rent, and/or commuter meal plans.  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.

The Harold Ellison Scholarship is available only to first-time freshmen who have graduated from schools in Delaware County, Indiana.  The scholarship pays for full tuition, room, and board at Ball State University.  Applicants must be nominated by their high school guidance counselor and only if they have already been awarded the Ball State Presidential Scholarship.  Students must demonstrate outstanding leadership, creativity, talent and academic achievement.  Nomination forms are available from your guidance counselor. 

The deadline to apply is February 1 of each year.

For more information contact:

First Merchants Private Wealth Advisors
Attn:  Lauren Lewis
P.O. Box 1467
Muncie, Indiana  47308-1467
Telephone 765-747-1362

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

This scholarship was established to provide the opportunity for outstanding students to pursue an academic degree in residential property management at Ball State University. Open to incoming freshmen who are majoring in residential property management (RPM). Annually, at least one scholarship in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded to an incoming freshman. This scholarship is renewable in that amount up to three additional years. The recipient of the award will be known as a RPM Advisory Board Merit Scholar.

Learn more about the RPM Advisory Board Merit Endowment Scholarship.

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.  However, this scholarship will be discontinued after the 2017 Spring Semester.  Students who have previously been awarded the Fast Track Scholarship will continue to be eligible to renew it pending the student meets the renewal criteria listed below. 

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 any subsequent 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.

Ball State offers four awards that outstanding international high school and transfer students can explore.

Selected outstanding high school seniors or undergraduate transfer students are awarded a scholarship. Awards are open to all international undergraduate students, and they pay for institutional charges for non-resident tuition. All financial aid received, when combined with other scholarships, cannot exceed the total cost of attendance.

Awards may not be used for any institutional charges for study in the Intensive English Institute or for a combination of study in the Intensive English Institute and credit bearing classes. Recipients must meet Ball State’s English proficiency requirements before the award will pay charges for non-resident tuition.

For Those Awarded 2018-19

  • International Undergraduate students can receive $8,000 a year for a four-year total of $32,000.

Ball State International Honors Scholarship students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5. If the GPA drops below 2.5 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 2.5 at the end of the fall or summer semester, the award can be reinstated upon request. The award is awarded for a maximum of eight semesters of undergraduate study. Recipients must enroll in on-campus classes as full-time, degree-seeking students.

For Those Awarded 2018-19

  • International Undergraduate students can receive $6,000 a year for a four-year total of $24,000.

Ball State International Honors Scholarship students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5. If the GPA drops below 2.5 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 2.5 at the end of the fall or summer semester, the award can be reinstated upon request. The award is awarded for a maximum of eight semesters of undergraduate study. Recipients must enroll in on-campus classes as full-time, degree-seeking students. 

For Those Awarded 2018-19

  • International Undergraduate students can receive $4,000 a year for a four-year total of $16,000.

Ball State International Honors Scholarship students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5. If the GPA drops below 2.5 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 2.5 at the end of the fall or summer semester, the award can be reinstated upon request. The award is awarded for a maximum of eight semesters of undergraduate study. Recipients must enroll in on-campus classes as full-time, degree-seeking students.

For Those Awarded 2018-19

  • International Undergraduate students can receive $2,000 a year for a four-year total of $8,000.

Ball State International Honors Scholarship students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5. If the GPA drops below 2.5 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 2.5 at the end of the fall or summer semester, the award can be reinstated upon request. The award is awarded for a maximum of eight semesters of undergraduate study. Recipients must enroll in on-campus classes as full-time, degree-seeking students.

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 cumulative 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.  However, this scholarship will be discontinued after the 2017 Spring Semester.  Students who have previously been awarded the Fast Track Scholarship will continue to be eligible to renew it pending the student meets the renewal criteria listed below. 

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 any subsequent semester, the award can be reinstated upon request.

This scholarship has been discontinued and is no longer available for new students.  Current students who have been awarded will continue to receive the scholarship under the original terms of the award.

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.

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.

Ball State University's Beneficence Scholar Award is worth $18,000 over four years.  This scholarship is awarded to Indiana-Ohio reciprocity recipients with outstanding academic achievement for a maximum eight semesters of undergraduate study and is renewable if your cumulative GPA is 3.0 or higher at the end of each academic year.

This scholarship may only be applied to institutional charges.  All institutional grants and awards you receive, when combined with the Beneficence Scholar Award, can't exceed the total cost of attendance.  You must enroll on on-campus classes as a full-time degree-seeking student to be eligible.

To learn more, contact the Office of Admissions at askus@bsu.edu or 800-482-4BSU.

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.

The Harold Ellison Scholarship is available only to first-time freshmen who have graduated from schools in Delaware County, Indiana.  The scholarship pays for full tuition, room, and board at Ball State University.  Applicants must be nominated by their high school guidance counselor and only if they have already been awarded the Ball State Presidential Scholarship.  Students must demonstrate outstanding leadership, creativity, talent and academic achievement.  Nomination forms are available from your guidance counselor. 

The deadline to apply is February 1 of each year.

For more information contact:

First Merchants Private Wealth Advisors
Attn:  Lauren Lewis
P.O. Box 1467
Muncie, Indiana  47308-1467
Telephone 765-747-1362

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 Emens Leadership Scholarship is open to both in-state and out-of-state students.

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.

Apply for the Emens Leadership Scholarship

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 (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

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.

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 Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars

National Hispanic Scholarships, sponsored by Ball State, are awarded each year to National Hispanic finalists.

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.

This scholarship has been discontinued and is no longer available for new students.  Current students who have been awarded will continue to receive the scholarship under the original terms of the award.

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 2016-17 and 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

  • 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.

For Those Awarded 2018-19

  • In-state students can receive $6,000 a year for a four-year total of $24,000.
  • Out-of-state students can receive $16,000 a year for a four-year total of $64,000.

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.

This scholarship has been discontinued and is no longer available for new students.  Current students who have been awarded will continue to receive the scholarship under the original terms of the award.

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.

Barb Stedman, Director of National and International Scholarships, assists Ball State students in finding and then applying for nationally competitive scholarships for study abroad, grad school, and other endeavors.  Applicants typically need to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher (sometimes much higher), and many scholarships require strong records of campus leadership and community service.

The Study Abroad Office also has a considerable number of scholarship opportunities for Study Abroad participants.

Pell Grant recipients who plan to study abroad should consider applying for a Benjamin Gilman Scholarship; students interested in East and Southeast Asia should also apply for the Freeman-Asia Scholarship.  Dr. Stedman holds information sessions about both scholarships at the very beginning of fall and spring semesters each year.  Details about upcoming sessions are emailed to all Pell Grant recipients and are posted on Facebook.

Please note that many nationally competitive scholarships are especially geared toward minority students and others who increase the diversity of the applicant pool.

To learn more and explore scholarship options, visit www.bsu.edu/honors/scholarships.   Students searching for scholarships should use the links to “Major Scholarships,” “Other Scholarships,” and “Scholarship Databases.”  Students who believe they are strong scholarship applicants should complete the “Scholarship Interest Form” and then call 765-285-1024 to schedule an appointment.

The Whitinger Scholarship is the signature scholarship of the Honors College and is the most prestigious scholarship awarded by Ball State University, honoring 10 exceptionally talented students each year. Established in 1976, the scholarship is supported by academic programs, social activities, and special opportunities as well as the funds for the scholarship itself.

AWARD AMOUNT

Full tuition and fees, including on-campus room and board, renewable for a total of eight semesters, subject to annual review

CRITERIA

Requirements include returning the written application, an on-campus conversation with the director of the program or a representative of the committee, and a spontaneous essay.

Scholarship recipients are selected by committee based on their academic ability, character, creativity, and potential for leadership.

Eligibility for consideration includes:

  • first-time Honors College freshman, fall semester
  • at least a 3.7 academic index on a 4.0 scale in academic college preparatory courses (academic index as calculated by Ball State’s Office of Admissions)
  • either a.) a minimum SAT composite score of 1380, including a minimum of 620 on Math, and 650 on English or b.) a minimum ACT composite of 29, including a minimum of 26 on the ACT Math and English sub-scores

HOW TO APPLY

Honors College applicants who qualify for the award will receive application materials after applying to Ball State.

All applicants are personally responsible for submitting their completed applications to the director of the program by December 5th. Specific information is on the application form. We will not accept self-nominations or applications or nominations from schools.

We will notify finalists on or before December 18 to schedule an on-campus visit. All interviews must be completed by January 29.

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.