Ball State Alumni Association Awards

For more than 100 years, graduates of Ball State University have been accomplished trailblazers who leave their indelible mark on the world. To celebrate the many alumni who have demonstrated outstanding service and support to the university, excelled in their professions or served their communities with great distinction, the following awards are presented each year. 

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Kevin Mullaney
Associate Director of Alumni Engagement and Affinity Programs

Nominations: Nominations are accepted throughout the year and will remain in consideration for three years. To be considered for the current year, nominations should be received by January 31.
Selecting body: The honorees are selected by the Alumni Awards Committee of the Ball State University Alumni Council.

Tips for a strong nomination

Your submission will provide the majority of information the awards committee receives for evaluation purposes so it’s important you provide a full picture of the nominee.

Every question on the nomination form is a key part of the evaluation process so please make sure to provide appropriate information and details for each section.

The strongest nominations don’t need to be long. However, they need to provide comprehensive information in a concise way, so that it stands out among others the awards committee will be reviewing. An ideal response for each section is 2–3 paragraphs, along with utilizing bullet points when listing a series of accomplishments.

Provide a passionate statement of support. Why is your nominee amazing, and why does the individual deserve to win the award?

You will be asked, when possible, to include links or attachments for supplemental information such as resumes, articles, websites or letters of support. You may submit up to 9 pages of various materials. These materials are incredibly helpful in providing a complete representation of the nominee. While it’s important to be comprehensive, please do not submit excessive or redundant materials. If you submit more than 9 pages, only the first 9 will be considered.

Thank you for making the effort to complete a nomination. It is because of your time and efforts that we are able to honor Ball State University’s best and brightest. Your efforts are very much appreciated.

Alumni Achievement Award

The Alumni Achievement Award recognizes the expanding achievements or leadership of alumni, whether professional or civic. This mid-career award honors alumni whose ongoing achievements have brought distinction to themselves as well as recognition to Ball State University. 

See past Alumni Achievement Award Recipients:

2020–Present

Criteria

Ball State graduates who have received a bachelor's or advanced degree are eligible for consideration. Nominations must include the nominee's professional achievements and/or service to their respective communities. Current members of the Board of Trustees, Alumni Council, Foundation Board, Foundation Staff, and Ball State employees are ineligible during the terms of their service or employment.

Nomination Form

Benny Award

The Benny Award is the Alumni Association’s top award for service to Ball State University or the Alumni Association. The award gets its name from the statue of Beneficence, the University’s long-standing symbol of unselfish contribution of one’s talents, energy, and time.

See past Benny Award recipients:

1975–1999
2000–Present

Criteria

Eligible candidates are Ball State alumni, University employees, community members, and corporations or businesses that contribute outstanding service in support of the University or Alumni Association. Current members of the Board of Trustees, Alumni Council, Foundation Board and Foundation Staff are ineligible during the terms of their service or employment.

Nomination Form

Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest award that may be bestowed on an alumnus by the Ball State University Alumni Association. This award honors a lifetime of accomplishments including commitment to Ball State, professional achievements and service to respective communities. 

See past Distinguished Alumni Award recipients:

1959–1999
2000–Present

Criteria

Ball State graduates who have received a bachelor’s or advanced degree are eligible for consideration. Nominations must include the nominee’s involvement with Ball State University, their professional achievements and service to their respective communities. Current members of the Board of Trustees, Alumni Council, Foundation Board, Foundation staff and Ball State employees are ineligible during the terms of their service or employment.

Nomination Form

Graduate of the Last Decade (G.O.L.D.) Award

The Graduate of the Last Decade (G.O.L.D.) Award annually recognizes the outstanding professional and personal accomplishments of recent Ball State University graduates. 

See past Graduate of the Last Decade (G.O.L.D.) Award recipients:

1999–Present

Criteria

Recipients must have graduated with a bachelor’s degree within the last 10 years and be identifiable as an emerging leader through professional and/or community achievements. Nominations must include the nominee’s activities, achievements and contributions qualifying them for the G.O.L.D. Award. Current members of the Board of Trustees, Alumni Council, Foundation Board, Foundation staff and Ball State employees are ineligible during the terms of their service or employment. The awards committee may consider making exceptions if a nominee is part of any of the above referenced groups during their 10th (and final) year of potential eligibility for this award.

Nomination Form

Honorary Alumni Award

The Honorary Alumni Award is presented by the Ball State University Alumni Association to honor people who are not graduates of the University but who have made significant contributions towards its welfare, reputation, or prestige. 

See past Honorary Alumni Award recipients:

2013–Present

Criteria

Individuals who are not graduates of the University but who have made significant contributions to Ball State’s welfare, reputation, and prestige are eligible for consideration. Nominations must include a description of the individual’s contribution and impact they have had on the mission of the Alumni Association, Foundation, and/or University.

Nomination Form


Ball State Alumni Association Scholarships

The Alumni Association is pleased to offer several scholarships to deserving students. See below for more information and a link to application forms. Please encourage talented Ball State students, incoming and current, to apply! 

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Michelle Johnson
Director of Alumni Engagement

Legacy Scholarship Recipients

Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship

Alumni Association Legacy Scholarships are awarded to selected in-state freshmen and/or currently enrolled students who are children or grandchildren of alumni of Ball State University. The scholarships are one-time, nonrenewable awards. Recipients must demonstrate success in academics and achievement to receive this scholarship. Recipients must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher to remain eligible for the award.

The Ball State University Alumni Council Alumni Legacy Scholarship Committee meets in February to select recipients. For academic year 2018-2019, we awarded 80 $2,500 scholarships. The Alumni Legacy Scholarships are funded by the Ball State Indiana license plate program. Guidelines and Information. The application is only available for Indiana residents.

Applications are accepted late October through the first Friday in February each year.

 

Cardinal Legacy Award

The Cardinal Legacy Awards program is designed to increase enrollment of well-prepared, highly motivated, non-resident students who are children or grandchildren of Ball State University alumni. The program will attract qualified freshmen and transfer students from out of state who would likely choose to remain in their home state to pursue a college education.

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Edwin "Ed" D. Shipley Alumni Association Fellowship Scholarship

Shipley Fellows in the Ball State University Foundation support the Office of Alumni Engagement and the Ball State University Alumni Association in their mission to build pride and commitment to Ball State, serve graduates near and far, and uphold lifelong connections with alumni and our alma mater. Each year, two Shipley Fellow Scholarships are awarded, one to an undergraduate student and one to a graduate student. These students work for Foundation Alumni Engagement staff whose job is to keep the passion for Ball State alive and help alumni stay connected, engaged, and remain loyal Cardinals for life. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is March 15, 2021.

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Robert E. Linson Award

The Robert E. Linson Award was established to promote student involvement in alumni activities. Through the award, it is intended that recognition and financial assistance be provided to Ball State students who contribute their time, energy, and talents to student-alumni related programs at the university.

Apply here (Robert E. Linson Award)

Young Alumni Council Student Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship will recognize a Ball State University upperclassman who has immersed themself in the life and culture of Ball State. The recipient will be a junior or senior whose primary residence is Indiana or New Jersey. They are highly involved in campus organizations and has made contributions to the university. Students that have been involved with the Ball State Alumni Association and/or the Ball State Foundation through work or volunteer opportunities will be given highest consideration.

This scholarship was established to honor Kate Webber, who devoted six years to the formation and promotion of the Young Alumni Council and was the staff liaison to the group for those initial six years within the office of Alumni Engagement.

The deadline to apply for this scholarship is April 30, 2021.

Apply here (YAC Student Leadership Scholarship)

Alumni Communities Scholarships

Many of the Ball State Alumni Association’s chapters offer scholarships to Ball State students from their respective, geographical area. Additionally, many collegiate or affinity groups have scholarships available to students based upon their area of study or ethnicity. Please click on the links below to read more about the criteria and apply. If you have any questions about these regional scholarships, please contact Carol Kosisko. For questions concerning the Black Alumni Constituent Society scholarships, please contact Jamie Acton.