At Ball State, 80 percent of our students are eligible for financial aid. The Department of Nutrition and Health Science offers many scholarships to help you pursue your bachelor’s degree or graduate studies.

Department Honors and Awards

See a list of past recipients and honorees. 

Scholarships are competitive. To prepare, students are encouraged to:

 

  • maintain a high grade point average, particularly in major course work
  • maintain membership, and—most importantly—involvement, in health and nutrition-related professional organizations
  • gain work or volunteer experience related to the profession
  • complete service learning activities
  • demonstrate evidence of positive character traits including a strong work ethic, responsibility, respect, and civility

 In addition, a consistent, demonstrated commitment to fostering healthy behavior in self, others, and society is also important. We would like to encourage students to apply for these scholarships and to take advantage of a unique opportunity to be recognized and rewarded for their accomplishments.

Scholarship Application

The Nutrition and Health Science undergraduate departmental scholarship application is available in late December. The application is due in February at a date determined each year by the Honors and Awards committee. Scholarship winners are honored each April at a department reception.

Undergraduate Students

Criteria

The scholarship will be awarded to the eligible student with the highest overall GPA.

Other criteria include:

  • major in community health education, health science, or a teaching major in school health education
  • have junior status (63 to 95 credits) by the end of Fall Semester, at least 60 credits of work at Ball State University and at least 20 credits shall have been earned in the Department of Nutrition and Health Science
  • overall GPA of at least 3.5

Criteria

  • pursue an undergraduate major or minor in the department
  • be age 25 or older
  • demonstrate financial need
  • enrolled at Ball State the following academic year

Prior recipients are eligible for consideration in subsequent years

Criteria

  • major in Health Science Education or a teaching major in School Health Education
  • have a GPA of at least 2.75
  • be a senior who has not yet completed an internship

Criteria

  • major in Health Science
  • have an overall GPA of at least 2.75
  • be a junior
  • complete HSC 180 and HSC 200
  • have at least two semesters of study remaining at Ball State University

Criteria

  • major in Health Science Education or a teaching major in School Health Education
  • have a GPA of at least 2.75
  • be a senior who has not yet completed an internship

Criteria

  • be a full-time student
  • be from Indiana
  • major in health science or school health education
  • be in the first quarter of junior year or higher
  • have an overall GPA of at least 2.7

Financial need is not a factor

Criteria

Be an undergraduate or graduate student in the Department of Nutrition and Health Science who shall not use tobacco or alcohol in any form, nor any illegal drug, and shall be of good moral character.

The selection for the award is to be made on the quality of person rather than financial need or scholastic ability.

Criteria

  • be an undergraduate or graduate member of the Alpha Chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma
  • have a GPA of at least 2.7
  • have at least one semester remaining to complete a degree (includes summer classes and/or internship)
More than one scholarship may be awarded.

Criteria

  • be an undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a major in Health Science

Other considerations include:

  • GPA
  • participation in professionally related activities
  • potential to contribute to the field of Health Science

Criteria

  • pursue a major in health science
  • have a record of academic excellence

Preference is given to members of Eta Sigma Gamma

Criteria

  • be a graduate student enrolled in a Health Science master's degree or undergraduate major in health science or health education
  • have a graduate or undergraduate overall GPA of at least 3.3
  • have at least one semester of work remaining to complete the degree

Graduate students receive first preference. If no graduate students meet the requirements, the scholarship may be awarded to an undergraduate major in health science or health education.

Criteria

  • be a Ball State sophomore or junior
  • major in a health science program
  • have an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and a 3.3 in the major
  • have received at least a “B” in HSC 200

Chelsea M. Butler was born August 1, 1984 and lived most of her life in Muncie and Yorktown. She passed away on June 20, 2015 following a long battle with cancer.

A 2002 Yorktown High School graduate, she distinguished herself in music, art, and writing. In 2007, Chelsea graduated from the renowned Sullivan University, having earned a degree in culinary arts, specializing in French cuisine. Returning to Muncie, she demonstrated her culinary skills in a number of restaurants, including the Blue Bottle. In 2009, Chelsea was diagnosed with lymphoma. During and following cancer treatments, Chelsea’s interest shifted to dietetics and sustainability. She completed the necessary undergraduate courses at Ball State and was then accepted into the Ball State dietetic master’s program in 2013. While working on her master’s, Chelsea was honored with the Perham Scholarship with Distinction in Academics and Leadership. As cited in the award, Chelsea had become a “powerhouse in her advocacy of organic, local, vegan cuisine.” As also cited in the award, Chelsea intended to pursue a PhD. in nutrition dietetics, with a focus on sustainable food systems.

Chelsea will be remembered for her quick wit, disarming intellect, easy smile, genuine laugh, and uncompromising honesty, along with her totally unique way of approaching life, while always thinking in terms of sustainability at all levels, whether analytical, practical, or political in making the planet a friendlier place for all.

Criteria

The Chelsea M. Butler Graduate Internship Scholarship was established to provide scholarships to Ball State University graduate students to assist with expenses during the required internship needed to obtain a registered dietitian license in accordance with the following preferences:

  • Recipients must meet all graduate student requirements for registered dietitian license.
  • Awards are be based on financial need.
  • Preference is given to students interested in emerging fields of dietetics.

 

Judith Lamer Bole Roepke was born in Winnipeg Manitoba Canada in 1934, the first child of Janet (Macaulay) and Elswood Frederick Bole. Her sister, Nancy Richards (Bole) Cullen, was born six years later and they grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, enjoying summers at the Lake of the Woods in Ontario.

Judith graduated from Kelvin Technical High School on Winnipeg and earned a Bachelor's degree in Science from the University of Manitoba with a major in Dietetics where she learned about the science of Nutrition. After completing a Dietetic Internship at the University of Minnesota hospital, she was employed in Minneapolis Minnesota, where she met and married her husband Harlan (Hal) Hugh Roepke. Hal was a graduate student in Geology.

Judith worked as a hospital dietitian in Alexandria, Virginia for two years before moving to Austin, Texas where Hal undertook doctoral work at the University of Texas. While in Texas, Judith worked in the Austin/Travis County Health Department for five years. It was then that her passion for Public Health was formed. Their daughter, Janet Elizabeth, was born in Texas and was breastfed for 8 weeks. Judith learned about La Leche League upon moving to Muncie Indiana when Hal became employed to teach Geology at Ball State University. Their son, Douglas Andrew, was born in Muncie. Judith became active in La Leche league during which time she learned how to help empower women to breastfeed their babies. ln addition, Judith worked as a volunteer with League of Women Voters and worked with community organizations to bring the County and City Health Departments together to form the Delaware County Health Department.

After completion of her MS in Health Education with a minor in Public Health Education, Judith was invited to teach a nutrition course for the then called department of Home Economics at Ball State and soon realized she wanted to do that the rest of her life. This led her to Purdue University to pursue a PhD in Nutrition, which she earned in 1977. Judith was then invited to join the regular faculty at Ball State University where she taught various nutrition courses for about 20 years. During this time, she participated in an administrative development program which led to being appointed Acting Associate Provost in 1985 and later Associate Dean in the College of Applied Arts. She was later appointed Associate Provost for faculty development and in 1990 Dean of the then School of Continuing Education from which she retired in 2000.

Since retirement Judith pursued volunteer work first as chair of the International Board of Lactation Consultants and later as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for neglected and abused children. ln addition she worked with TEAMwork for quality living as Circle Ally.

Criteria

The Judith Roepke Scholarship for Dietetics was established to provide scholarships to Ball State University students with the following preferences:

  • Students who are pursuing a graduate degree in dietetics who also received their undergraduate degree from Ball State.
  • The scholarship shall be applied to the term in which the recipient is registered and receiving course credit for their internship.

Criteria

Be an undergraduate or graduate student in the Department of Nutrition and Health Science who shall not use tobacco or alcohol in any form, nor any illegal drug, and shall be of good moral character.

The selection for the award is to be made on the quality of person rather than financial need or scholastic ability.

Criteria

  • be an undergraduate or graduate member of the Alpha Chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma
  • have a GPA of at least 2.7
  • have at least one semester remaining to complete a degree (includes summer classes and/or internship)
More than one scholarship may be awarded.

Criteria

  • be an undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a major in Health Science

Other considerations include:

  • GPA
  • participation in professionally related activities
  • potential to contribute to the field of Health Science

Criteria

  • be a graduate student enrolled in a Health Science master's degree or undergraduate major in health science or health education
  • have a graduate or undergraduate overall GPA of at least 3.3
  • have at least one semester of work remaining to complete the degree

Graduate students receive first preference. If no graduate students meet the requirements, the scholarship may be awarded to an undergraduate major in health science or health education.

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