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.

Event Details

  • Date: Tuesday, October 13
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Emens Auditorium

Admission is free! A special thank you to the Ball State University Alumni Association for providing the student scholarships for our winners.

2020 Talent Search Potential Categories

  • Female Vocal
  • Male Vocal
  • Freestyle
  • Musical Group 
  • Instrumental
  • Acoustic
  • Original Composition

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 2021 semester tuition. All scholarship awards are provided by the Ball State University Alumni Association.

Participant Schedule



September 24

Entry forms due by 4 p.m. by submitting the online form (add hyperlink to form).
Sign up for an audition time. Get your forms in early to ensure a time slot.

September 28-29

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

October 1

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

October 12

Tech Rehearsal, 4 p.m., Emens Auditorium

October 13

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 University Alumni Association.  Thank you!


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