The Annual Student Scholarship Talent Search, which began in 1967, is a fabulous opportunity to showcase some of Ball State’s finest talent for the university and community.

Congratulations to our 2018 Talent Search Winners

  • Instrumental: Ben Maynard
  • Acoustic: Megan Tiller
  • Freestyle: Grace Lavier, Eric Hinojosa & Elise McQueen
  • Original Composition: JT Butler & Terica Anthony
  • Musical Group: Chase Andreae & Macey Arrington
  • Male Vocal: Miles Jena
  • Female Vocal: Eliah Johnson
  • Overall Winner: Chase Andreae & Macey Arrington

Event Details

  • Date: Tuesday, October 16
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Emens Auditorium

Admission is free thanks to the Student Government Association.

2018 Talent Search Finalists

Female Vocal

  • Erin Jones
  • Gillian Lieberman
  • Eliah Johnson

Male Vocal

  • Miles Jena
  • Glenn Williams
  • Thomas Whitcomb

Original Composition

  • Savannah Rang
  • JT Butler & Terica Anthony


  • Ben Maynard & Jim Rhinehart
  • Hannah Derleth


  • Grace LaVier, Eric Hinojosa, Elise McQueen
  • Max Haywood
  • Kwesi Rogers


  • Madison McGraw & Brant McCracken
  • Megan Tiller
  • Jacob Miller

Musical Group

  • Andy Reel, Jared Green, Nathan Maxwell, Andy Thieme
  • Ingrid Schwartz & Shelby Brown
  • Pierce Huls & Sarah Black
  • Chase Andreae & Macey Arrington

Participation Information

Each category winner will receive a $500 scholarship. The overall winner will receive an additional $500 scholarship. Scholarships will be applied to Spring 2019 semester tuition. All scholarship awards are provided by the Ball State University Alumni Association.

Participants Schedule



Sep. 27

Entry forms due by 4 p.m. at the Alumni Association/Homecoming Office.
Sign up for an audition time. Get your forms in early to ensure a time slot.

Oct. 1-2

Auditions, 5:30-8 p.m., Alumni Center Assembly Hall

Oct. 4

Mandatory Talent Search finalists meeting, 5 p.m., Alumni Center Conference Room 1

Oct. 15

Tech Rehearsal, 4 p.m., Emens Auditorium

Oct. 16

Talent Search, arrive by 6:15 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m., Emens Auditorium

Rules and Regulations

  • Participants may compete only once in each category.
  • Each group entry is limited to 10 participants.
  • The previous year’s overall winner may not compete.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Each performance must be 2 to 4 minutes in length (deductions will be made for performances outside of this range).

This event would not be a success without the participation of our talented Ball State students and funding from the Ball State Alumni Association and Office of Student Life.  Thank you!


For additional information, contact the Homecoming Office, (765) 285-1083 or via email.