Thanks to the generosity of our alumni, faculty, and friends, our departments are able to offer scholarships to help their own students pay for their educations. View the lists below for a department-by-department breakdown of the scholarships they offer.

Scholarships

CCIM Scholarships

This scholarship is to support incoming first year students within the College of Communication, Information and Media.

Award amount

Varies depending on available funds.

Criteria

  • Incoming first year students with majors within the College of Communication, Information and Media
  • Academic index of 3.0 for incoming first year students
  • SAT score of 1500 on a scale of 2400 or the equivalent on a similar exam such as the ACT
  • Renewable for 3 years, thus allowing a total of 4 years eligibility provided the student continues to meet the stated criteria and a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

How to apply

Please contact Amy Clevenger to express your interest. More information will be sent out to you electronically.

The scholarships is for exceptional students who are seeking an education in multi- and transmedia fields. These students will be designated “Pond Scholars” and be invited to serve as ambassadors for the college in partnership with the Dean. These students will represent CCIM and their specific areas of study at VIP events and will have access to tremendous networking opportunities with industry and community leaders.

Award amount

Varies depending on available funds.

Criteria

  • Undergraduate student majoring in the Department of Journalism or Media
  • Minimum high school and college GPA of 3.00
  • Demonstrated commitment to innovating media (e.g., curricular or co-curricular projects, internships, conference presentations, or club leadership)
  • Renewable for 4 years provided the recipient continues to meet the stated criteria.

How to apply

Please contact Amy Clevenger to express your interest. More information will be sent out to you electronically.

Todd Terrell, is a ’83 alumnus and the director of external communications at utility powerhouse, Southern Company. “Don’t pass up an opportunity, as you never know where it will lead you,” said Terrell who is also a strong believer in the value of working with peers from different parts of the country. Building on his philosophy, this scholarship supports students as they start their journey within the College of Communication, Information and Media.

Award amount

Varies depending on available funds.

Criteria

  • Any student with a major in the College of Communication, Information, and Media
  • Preference given to U.S. Citizen from the Southeastern United States, limited to the states of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, and Mississippi
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in student or community organizations
  • Non-renewable

How to apply

Please contact Amy Clevenger to express your interest. More information will be sent out to you electronically.

Submissions are closed for this year.

The CICS LGBTQIA+ Scholarship is awarded to support a student majoring in CICS who identify as LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer/questioning, intersex or asexual).

Award Amount

LGBTQIA+ scholarships of $500 and $1,000 are awarded annually, depending upon fund availability.

Criteria

Applicants must have a 2.75 GPA in order to apply. The CICS LGBTQIA+ Scholarship is awarded to support students pursuing a graduate degree in the Center for Information and Communication Sciences who identify as LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer/questioning, intersex or asexual).

How to Apply

To apply, fill out the online scholarship application. You will receive an email confirmation that your submission was received. Finalists for the scholarship will then be notified upon review.

Submissions are closed for this year.

The Jerry and Krishna Walker Scholarship is awarded to support students from traditionally underrepresented minority groups pursuing a graduate degree in the Center for Information and Communication Sciences.

Award Amount

Walker scholarships of $500 and $1,000 are awarded annually, depending upon fund availability.

Criteria

Applicants must have a 2.75 GPA in order to apply. Preference is given to students from traditionally underrepresented groups, non-Indiana residents, and/or bilingual students.

How to Apply

To apply, fill out the online scholarship application. You will receive an email confirmation that your submission was received. Finalists for the scholarship will then be notified upon review.

Ball State alumnus and speech teacher Donald P. Knott established the Donald P. Knott Scholarships in 1993 “in gratitude for the many things I achieved at Ball State, to assist other students in achieving their goals.”

Award Amount

The Department of Communication Studies is able to offer up to four scholarships annually of $1,000 each.

Criteria

  • major in communication studies and sophomore status
  • have at least a 3.0 grade point average
  • demonstrate contributions to the department or the university

How to Apply

Applications are available every spring.  All majors are sent application information.

The Richard G. Nitcavic Diversity Scholarship award was established in 2005 by a dedicated faculty member and former department chair. Communication studies students who represent diverse populations or who have shown a commitment to encouraging the acceptance of differences, are eligible for these scholarships. 

Award Amount

The Department of Communication Studies is able to offer two scholarships annually of $1,500 each.

Criteria

  • major or minor in communication studies and sophomore status
  • have at least a 2.7 grade point average 
  • represent a diverse population or show a commitment to encouraging the acceptance of differences

How to Apply

Applications are available every spring. All majors and minors are sent application information.

These scholarships are for student actively involved in extracurricular activities within the department This award was established in 2005 by a dedicated faculty member and former department chair.

Award Amount

The Department of Communication Studies is able to offer two scholarships annually of $1,500 each.

Criteria

  • major or minor in communication studies and sophomore status
  • actively participate in debate team, speech team, Comm Club, or Lamda Pi Eta

How to Apply

Applications are available every spring. All majors and minors are sent application information.

The junior major with the highest cumulative GPA earns this award, a modest scholarship applied toward senior-year tuition as well as recognition on a plaque.

Award Amount

$500

Criteria

  • have junior standing
  • major in communication studies
  • have the department’s highest cumulative GPA

For Incoming Freshmen

The Robert L. and Sherles K. Barnet Scholarship is a renewable award given to an incoming freshman declaring an intention to major in journalism.

Award Amount

$500 scholarship can be renewed for three additional years, if funding is available.

Criteria

The recipient must have earned a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. He or she must maintain full-time status while receiving the scholarship. If the recipient leaves the study of journalism, he or she will no longer be eligible for the award.

How to Apply

To apply, please use our online form and have a PDF copy of your transcript and any supporting materials ready for upload. We are no longer accepting paper applications.

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The Freshman Achievement Scholarship is a one-time, non-renewable award from the School of Journalism and Strategic Communication and funded by alumni and general scholarship gifts.

Award Amount

One-time award of $750, if funding is available.

Criteria

All applicants will be considered. Recipients must declare intentions to major in journalism. If the recipient leaves the study of journalism, he or she will no longer be eligible for the award.

How to Apply

To apply, please use our online form and have a PDF copy of your transcript and any supporting materials ready for upload. We are no longer accepting paper applications.

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The Holmes-McFadden Journalism Scholarship is a renewable award, with preference given to an incoming minority student who plans to major in the School of Journalism and Strategic Communication. 

Award Amount

$1,000 scholarship can be renewed for three additional years, if funding is available.

Criteria 

Preference will be given to an incoming minority student who plans to major in the School of Journalism and Strategic Communication. Student must maintain a minimum GPA of at least a 2.7 on a 4.0 scale. If the recipient leaves the study of journalism, he or she will no longer be eligible for the award.

How to Apply 

To apply, please use our online form and have a PDF copy of your transcript and any supporting materials ready for upload. We are no longer accepting paper applications.

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Granted by the Journalism Alumni Association, the Louis E. Ingelhart Scholarship recognizes outstanding high school journalistic achievement.

Award Amount

One-time award of $1,500, if funding is available.

Criteria

Awarded to an exceptional student journalist who demonstrates outstanding high school journalism service and has a strong commitment to professional journalism. If the recipient leaves the study of journalism, he or she will no longer be eligible for the award.

How to Apply

To apply, please use our online form and have a PDF copy of your transcript and any supporting materials ready for upload. We are no longer accepting paper applications.

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The Bona Cress Press and Lawrence Press Journalism Scholarship is a renewable award to an incoming freshman declaring an intention to major in journalism. Preference is given to students from traditionally underrepresented groups, non-Indiana residents, and/or bilingual students.

Award Amount

This $2,500 scholarship may be renewed up to three years, if funds are available.

Criteria

The recipient must maintain a 2.6 GPA in order to stay eligible. Preference is given to students from traditionally underrepresented groups, non-Indiana residents, and/or bilingual students. If the recipient leaves the study of journalism, he or she will no longer be eligible for the award.

How to Apply

To apply, please use our online form and have a PDF copy of your transcript and any supporting materials ready for upload. We are no longer accepting paper applications.

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The Michael Smith Scholarship is a renewable scholarship awarded to an incoming freshman journalism major with an academic index of 3.0 or higher, or transfer student with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Minimum SAT score of 1000 (old system) or 1500 (new system), or an ACT score of 21.

Award Amount

$1,000 scholarship may be renewed up to three additional years, if funds are available.

Criteria

Scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshman journalism major with an academic index of 3.0 or higher, or transfer student with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Minimum SAT score of 1000 (old system) or 1500 (new system), or an ACT score of 21. If the recipient leaves the study of journalism, he or she will no longer be eligible for the award.

How to Apply

To apply, please use our online form and have a PDF copy of your transcript and any supporting materials ready for upload. We are no longer accepting paper applications.

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The Theresa C. and Leonard S. Sowar Journalism Student Scholarship is a one-time award established by Mrs. Francis E. Stout in honor of her father and mother.

Award Amount

One-time award of $500, if funds are available.

Criteria

The award is for incoming freshmen to help with the cost of books and supplies. First preference is given to a Muncie resident, second preference to a non-traditional student and then to any entering journalism student. If the recipient leaves the study of journalism, he or she will no longer be eligible for the award.

How to Apply

To apply, please use our online form and have a PDF copy of your transcript and any supporting materials ready for upload. We are no longer accepting paper applications.

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The Richard S. Simons Memorial Scholarship recognizes meritorious student service, academic achievement, and aptitude.

Award Amount

$500 scholarship may be renewed up to three additional years, if funds are available.

Criteria

The scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshman declaring intentions to major in journalism who demonstrates meritorious service, academic achievement and aptitude. Financial need may also be considered. If the recipient leaves the study of journalism, he or she will no longer be eligible for the award.

How to Apply

To apply, please use our online form and have a PDF copy of your transcript and any supporting materials ready for upload. We are no longer accepting paper applications.

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For Continuing Students

After your freshman year (and once you've declared a School of Journalism and Strategic Communication major), you can apply for a number of scholarships for current or returning students. Some may be targeted to your major or concentration, while others factor in GPA, student media and organization involvement, etc. Scholarship amounts vary each year, but generally award between $500-$3,000 per scholarship. Online applications invitations will be distributed to all School of Journalism and Strategic Communication majors in January. School of Journalism and Strategic Communication majors who do not receive this invitation are encouraged to contact the School of Journalism and Strategic Communication office for a replacement application link. The application deadline is in mid-February.

Criteria

This one-year scholarship is given to a student who is majoring in the news concentration as an undergraduate or the journalism master’s degree program. Preference is given to a student who comes from the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette circulation area, which includes Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio.

Criteria

Recipient of this one-year scholarship must be an undergraduate student in the School of Journalism and Strategic Communication who strives for excellence in studies, skills and sensitivity and who demonstrates a genuine concern and appreciation for all people. Preference will be given to students who have graduated from a Delaware County (Ind.) high school with high moral character and a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Criteria

This one-year scholarship is given to an undergraduate student in journalism who has demonstrated active involvement in the school, student media and student organizations. Preference is given to students majoring in magazine or working with Ball Bearings online or print magazine and with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Criteria

Recipient of this one-year scholarship must be a sophomore, junior or senior pursuing a major in the School of Journalism and Strategic Communication. Applicants must have contributed to the school through extracurricular activities such as student organizations, student jobs or student media. Minimum GPA is 2.9.

Criteria

This one-year scholarship is for a School of Journalism and Strategic Communication undergraduate major who has outstanding scholastic achievement. Financial need is a determining factor but not necessarily a governing factor. This scholarship is derived from the income of a gift honoring a former Orient editor, Ann Correvont, and her husband.

Criteria

This one-year scholarship honors Sharley B. DeMotte, who founded journalism instruction at Ball State. Recipient should be an undergraduate School of Journalism and Strategic Communication major, have at least sophomore standing when the scholarship is used, and have a demonstrated financial need.

Criteria

This one-year scholarship is for a student majoring in journalism who works for the Daily News. David Knott is a former Daily News adviser and continues to support current students and alumni of the school.

Criteria

This one-year scholarship is for a student majoring in journalism.  The student must have at least sophomore status by August 20 of the scholarship year and a GPA of 3.0/4.0. Preference will be given to students who graduated from a high school in The Star Press circulation area and who have been active in student media or have professional media experience.

 

Criteria

This one-year scholarship will be given to a current undergraduate student with a School of Journalism and Strategic Communication major who meets university criteria as a non-traditional student.  The student must be at least 23 years of age by August 20, 2012. The scholarship is derived from the interest from the Holmes-McFadden Memorial gift to the school.

Criteria

This one-year scholarship is for a School of Journalism and Strategic Communication undergraduate major. Preference is given to a student within the university-recognized minority population. The scholarship is derived from the interest from the Holmes-McFadden Memorial gift to the school.

Criteria

This one-year scholarship is for a School of Journalism and Strategic Communication undergraduate major who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in School of Journalism and Strategic Communication student publications and organizations, and/or other campus or non-profit organizations, especially in positions related to the student’s major.

Criteria

Recipient of this one-year scholarship must be an undergraduate journalism major who has worked for the Daily News for a minimum of one year and who continues working for the Daily News during the scholarship year.

Criteria

Recipients of this one-year scholarship must be an undergraduate major in the School of Journalism and Strategic Communication. Applicants must be Indiana residents.

Criteria

Recipients of this one-year scholarship must be an undergraduate majoring in the School of Journalism and Strategic Communication. Preference given to a graduate of Jay County (Ind.) High School.

Criteria

This scholarship is awarded to a student who will be a senior during the year the scholarship funds are distributed.  Students should be active in student publications and the award is based solely on academic performance.  No application required.

Criteria

Recipient of this one-year scholarship must be an undergraduate news major who has completed the pre-journalism program and has a serious commitment to newspaper journalism.

Criteria

Recipient of this one-year scholarship must be an undergraduate public relations major and show outstanding potential in the field.  Scholarship recipient will be recognized at the annual Vernon C. Schranz Distinguished Lectureship in Public Relations.

Criteria

To be used in the sophomore, junior or senior year by students majoring in the School of Journalism and Strategic Communication and in the sequence/major that corresponds to the one-year scholarship applied for.

Criteria

To be used in the sophomore, junior or senior year by students majoring in the School of Journalism and Strategic Communication and in the sequence/major that corresponds to the one-year scholarship applied for.

Criteria

To be used in the sophomore, junior or senior year by students majoring in the School of Journalism and Strategic Communication and in the sequence/major that corresponds to the one-year scholarship applied for.

Criteria

To be used in the sophomore, junior or senior year by students majoring in the School of Journalism and Strategic Communication and in the sequence/major that corresponds to the one-year scholarship applied for.

Criteria

To be used in the sophomore, junior or senior year by students majoring in the School of Journalism and Strategic Communication and in the sequence/major that corresponds to the one-year scholarship applied for. 

Criteria

To be used in the sophomore, junior or senior year by students majoring in the School of Journalism and Strategic Communication and in the sequence/major that corresponds to the one-year scholarship applied for.

Criteria

To be used in the sophomore, junior or senior year by students majoring in the School of Journalism and Strategic Communication and in the sequence/major that corresponds to the one-year scholarship applied for.

Criteria

This one-year scholarship is given to an undergraduate student in the School of Journalism and Strategic Communication who has demonstrated excellence in reporting for a campus publication and/or an off-campus media assignment(s).  The recipient is expected to present clips which support the application.

Criteria

Awarded to provide financial assistance to a full-time Ball State University undergraduate student who is a Daily News staff member. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Criteria

To be used for the senior year of school. In addition to the general journalism requirements, applicants must be women who are effective and active members of the staff of a campus student publication.  This scholarship has been established in memory of Pamela Forbes, who was a journalism major at Ball State.

Criteria

Recipients of this one-year scholarship must be current graduate students in the school’s strategic communication: public relations program.

Criteria

This one-year scholarship will be given to a current graduate student who will have completed at least six credit hours at the graduate level in journalism or public relations at Ball State when the scholarship is used.

Criteria

To provide a scholarship to an undergraduate student majoring in Advertising. Recipient should possess a passion for creativity and thinking outside the box in and out of the classroom.

This scholarship was established as a memorial to media alumnus Bill Bryant in honor of his passion for sports production.

Award Amount

$1,000

Criteria

Applicants are encouraged to attend the Media Awards Banquet on April 28, 2022.
  • actively enrolled in a major or minor in the Department of Media, with a digital sports production concentration
  • minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • junior standing (60+ credits) at the time of application
  • demonstrated evidence of mentoring underclassmen
  • must be enrolled at Ball State in a semester that falls within the 12 months immediately following the announcement of the award summer ‘22, fall ‘22, or spring ‘23).
  • demonstrated skills to produce/direct live sports, as verified by the senior director of digital sports production.
  • demonstrated writing skills and creativity through visual composition and post-production

How to Apply

Majors and minors will receive an email that includes a custom scholarship application link. This link is individual to the student and should only be used by the student.

Can't find your link? Email Kris Scott at ksscott@bsu.edu.

Submission Deadline: Sunday March 6, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

This scholarship was established as a memorial to media student Chad Muller in honor of his creativity and dedication to production.

Award Amount

$1,000

Criteria

Applicants are encouraged to attend the Media Awards Banquet on April 28, 2022. 
  • major in the Department of Media at Ball State
  • senior standing (90+ credits)
  • preference given to those pursuing a concentration in digital production or emerging media
  • likely to pursue a career in film/video editing
  • consistently involved in student, personal, and/or professional Media projects
  • enrolled at Ball State for a semester that falls within the 12 months immediately following the announcement of the award summer ’22, fall ’22, or spring ’23)

How to Apply

Majors and minors will receive an email that includes a custom scholarship application link. This link is individual to the student and should only be used by the student.

Can't find your link? Email Kris Scott at ksscott@bsu.edu.

Submission Deadline: Sunday March 6, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

Award Amount

$1,000

Criteria

Applicants are encouraged to attend the Media Awards Banquet on April 28, 2022.

  • high potential for success in the media industry, regardless of GPA
  • demonstrated financial need
  • preference given to African-American students
  • proof of secured internship
  • actively enrolled as a major or minor in the Department of Media at Ball State at the time of application
  • must enroll in TCOM 391 at Ball State for a semester that falls within the 12 months immediately following the announcement of the award (summer ’22, fall ’22, spring ’23).
  • meet all telecommunications internship requirements

Following completion of their internships, recipients are required to write an evaluation paper on the following:

  • What the internship meant to you.
  • The significance of the internship in preparing you to work in the media.
  • Suggest how to make the internship experience more useful.

How to Apply

Majors and minors will receive an email that includes a custom scholarship application link. This link is individual to the student and should only be used by the student.

Can't find your link? Email Kris Scott at ksscott@bsu.edu.

Submission Deadline: Sunday March 6, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

This scholarship was established by the family of Dr. Joe Misiewicz, former professor and chairperson of the Department of Media at Ball State. The award honors “Dr. Joe” for his commitment to the department, his passion for teaching, and his contribution to the field of broadcast media over the years.

Award Amount

$1,000

Criteria

Applicants are encouraged to attend the Media Awards Banquet on April 28, 2022. 

  • actively enrolled as a major or minor in the Department of Media at Ball State, preferably in the sales and promotion concentration
  • minimum 3.0 GPA overall on a 4.0 scale
  • junior standing (60+ credits) at the time of application
  • demonstrated leadership at Ball State
  • enrolled for a semester that falls within the 12 months immediately following the announcement of the award (summer ’22, fall ’22,  or spring ’23)

How to Apply

Majors and minors will receive an email that includes a custom scholarship application link. This link is individual to the student and should only be used by the student.

Can't find your link? Email Kris Scott at ksscott@bsu.edu.

Submission Deadline: Sunday March 6, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

Award Amount

$1,000

Criteria

Applicants are encouraged to attend the Media Awards Banquet on April 28, 2022. 

  • actively enrolled as a major or minor in the Department of Media at Ball State at the time of application
  • internship may not be for a company that is owned or operated by a relative of the proposed intern
  • enrolled in TCOM 391 at Ball State for a semester that falls within the 12 months immediately following the announcement of the award (summer '22, fall '22, or spring '23).
  • demonstrated commitment to telecommunications activities and personal excellence
  • at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in all courses completed at Ball State for the semester immediately preceding the date of application
  • meet all Media internship requirements
  • junior or senior standing (60+ credits) at the time of application
  • submit a 1-2 page statement demonstrating writing ability and indicating why the scholarship is needed to participate in an internship

Following completion of their internships, recipients are required to write an evaluation paper on the following:

  • What the internship meant to you.
  • The significance of the internship in preparing you to work in the media.
  • Suggest how to make the internship experience more useful.

How to Apply

Majors and minors will receive an email that includes a custom scholarship application link. This link is individual to the student and should only be used by the student.

Can't find your link? Email Kris Scott at ksscott@bsu.edu.

Submission Deadline: Sunday March 6, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

This scholarship was established by the family of Morry E. Mannies, the “Voice of the Cardinals”, to honor Morry’s fifty years of broadcast sports announcing.

Award Amount

$1,000

Criteria

Applicants are encouraged to attend the Media Awards Banquet on April 28, 2022. 

  • junior or senior standing (60 + credits) as a Department og Media major at the time of application
  • preference given to applicants with sportscasting experience
  • declared interest in sportscasting
  • consideration given to academic achievement
  • enrolled at Ball State for a semester that falls within the 12 months immediately following the announcement of the award (summer '22, fall '22, or spring '23).

How to Apply

Majors and minors will receive an email that includes a custom scholarship application link. This link is individual to the student and should only be used by the student.

Can't find your link? Email Kris Scott at ksscott@bsu.edu.

Submission Deadline: Sunday March 6, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

This scholarship was established by Scott Swim, an alumnus of the Department of Media at Ball State.

Award Amount

$1,000

Criteria

Applicants are encouraged to attend the Media Awards Banquet on April 28, 2022. 

  • actively enrolled at Ball State as a major or minor in the Department of Media
  • at least a 3.0 overall GPA in courses completed at Ball State through the semester immediately preceding the date of application
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in Department of Media courses
  • enrolled in TCOM 391 at Ball State for a semester that falls within the 12 months immediately following the announcement of the award (summer '22, fall '22, or spring '23).
  • meet all Media internship requirements
  • preference given to out-of-state internships
  • provide two letters of support indicating you have the skills to work in a media environment

How to Apply

Majors and minors will receive an email that includes a custom scholarship application link. This link is individual to the student and should only be used by the student.

Can't find your link? Email Kris Scott at ksscott@bsu.edu.

Submission Deadline: Sunday March 6, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

This scholarship was created by former chair, Dr. Joe Misiewicz. It has continued to grow by donations on behalf of past and present media faculty.

Award Amount

$1,000

Criteria

Applicants are encouraged to attend the Media Awards Banquet on April 28, 2022. 

  • actively enrolled at Ball State as a Department of Media major or minor at the time of application
  • enrolled in TCOM 391 at Ball State for a semester that falls within the 12 months immediately following the announcement of the award (summer '22, fall '22, or spring '23).
  • meet all Media internship requirements
  • provide a 1-2 page statement on why this scholarship would benefit you during the internship
  • at least a 3.0 overall GPA in courses completed at Ball State through the semester immediately preceding the date of application
  • junior or senior standing (60+ credits) at the time of application

How to Apply

Majors and minors will receive an email that includes a custom scholarship application link. This link is individual to the student and should only be used by the student.

Can't find your link? Email Kris Scott at ksscott@bsu.edu.

Submission Deadline: Sunday March 6, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

This award honors former ABC News Correspondent Steve Bell, teacher, mentor, and advisor to news students for 15 years, and the first Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Chair in Media (1992-97). In a nearly 40-year career in broadcast journalism, he reported on many of the world’s most important stories, including the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Sen. Robert Kennedy. He was a Vietnam War correspondent and later served as Hong Kong Bureau Chief for ABC. He also was the first news anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America.

AWARD AMOUNT

$1,000

CRITERIA

  • To recognize students who demonstrate the highest ethics in journalistic conduct illustrated by a commitment to integrity, accuracy, fairness and thoroughness in reporting. Students should demonstrate impartiality yet show compassion in covering issues that affect our nation and world affairs.
  • To award students who develop thorough content knowledge and who apply themselves not only inside but outside the classroom. Award recipients should produce a significant portfolio while remaining committed to verifying facts, providing a balance of viewpoints and demonstrating respect for sources and individuals impacted by their stories.
  • Full-time undergraduate students majoring in Department of Media/Journalism News with a minimum of 30+ credit hours and a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Awards can be used for tuition and fees; books and classroom materials; and expenses related to securing a first job in news following graduation that includes but is not limited to: the production of media and resumes, application fees, and travel that are a part of the job search process.
  • Selection will be at the discretion of the department chair and scholarship committee.

HOW TO APPLY

Majors and minors will receive an email that includes a custom scholarship application link. This link is individual to the student and should only be used by the student.

Can't find your link? Email Kris Scott at ksscott@bsu.edu.

Submission Deadline: Sunday March 6, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

The purpose of the Fund is to provide scholarships to Ball State University students in accordance with the following preferences:

Award Amount

$1,000

Criteria

  • Student must be admitted to Ball State University and be accepted into the Digital Sports Production track (Sports Link); and
  • Student must be pursuing a career in sports media or the sports industry at large and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA with demonstrated leadership at Ball State or in high school.

How to Apply

Majors and minors will receive an email that includes a custom scholarship application link. This link is individual to the student and should only be used by the student.

Can't find your link? Email Kris Scott at ksscott@bsu.edu.

Submission Deadline: Sunday March 6, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

Esports Scholarships

This scholarship is for members of Ball State’s varsity esports team who will not only compete in conference play, but will also participate in community events to promote the SIM racing series in conjunction with RLL, which is co-owned by television legend and 1969 Ball State graduate David Letterman.

Ball State began its varsity esports program as part of its College of Communication, Information, and Media in January 2021, becoming a founding member of the Esports Collegiate Conference. The University’s Esports Production concentration, under CCIM’s Department of Media, delivers hands-on instruction for students to develop their skills in the field of esports media. Students in the program learn the history of esports, video production, streaming, and live event broadcasting.

Award amount

A $5,000 scholarship

Criteria

  • It is preferred that recipients are available to attend community events to promote the e-racing series and the partnership with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

  • Must apply and be accepted as a full-time student to one of Ball State’s undergraduate programs

  • Must have competitive experience in any sim or tradition racing league

  • Completion of a minimum of 3 invitational tryout practices with current Ball State team

    • Each tryout session will be a maximum of 2.5 hours
  • May not have been banned, fined, or otherwise removed from competition by league organizers or game developers in the past

  • Renewable for 4 years provided the recipient continues to meet the stated criteria

How to apply

Please contact Dan Marino to express your interest. Review of applications will begin on March 15th and continue until awarded.

 


This scholarship is to support out-of-state Ball State Esports athletes.

Award amount

$12,500 renewable for up to 4 years

Criteria

  • Out of state applicant (not an Indiana resident)
  • Must apply and be accepted as a full-time student to one of Ball State’s undergraduate programs
  • Must have competitive experience in one of the following esports titles played at the varsity level*. Currently:
    • Valorant
    • Overwatch
    • League of Legends
    • Rocket League
    • SIM Racing
  •  Completion of a minimum of 3 invitational tryout practices with current Ball State team
    • Each tryout session will be a maximum of 2.5 hours
  • Students accepting the esports scholarship will not be eligible to receive any additional awards from Ball State University

  • May not have been banned, fined, or otherwise removed from competition by league organizers or game developers in the past

How to apply

Please contact Dan Marino to express your interest.


Thanks to the generosity of our alumni, faculty, and friends, our departments are able to support CCIM students by awarding supplemental funds that help them complete high-impact experiences. View the lists below for a department-by-department breakdown of the funding opportunities you can apply for as a Ball State student.

Additional Funding

CCIM

The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support for high impact experiences for students enrolled in the College of Communication, Information, and Media including but not limited to internships, immersive learning, study abroad, and student production.

AWARD AMOUNT

Varies depending on available funds.

CRITERIA

  • Student must be enrolled in a major within the College of Communication, Information, and Media
  • The fund must be used for high-impact practices

APPLICATION

Please contact Amy Clevenger to express your interest. More information will be sent out to you electronically.

The purpose of the fund is to support the students within the College of Communication, Information, and Media and provide financial assistance for engagement opportunities in high-impact practices to include, but not be limited to:

  • Internships
  • Undergraduate research
  • Immersive learning opportunities
  • Study abroad or study away
  • Additional course offerings that may focus on societal issues or global challenge

AWARD AMOUNT

Varies depending on available funds.

CRITERIA

  • Student must be enrolled in a major within the College of Communication, Information, and Media
  • Undergraduate and graduate students already enrolled within CCIM
  • The fund must be used for high-impact practices

APPLICATION

Please contact Amy Clevenger to express your interest. More information will be sent out to you electronically.

This fund may be used to support computer technology students for approved activities such as competition entry fees, transportation costs to conferences or computer technology-related projects.

AWARD AMOUNT

Varies depending on available funds.

CRITERIA

  • Be an undergraduate major in the Computer Technology program

HOW TO APPLY

Please contact Dr. David Hua to express your interest. More information will be sent out to you electronically

The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships to female graduate students majoring in information and communication sciences.

AWARD AMOUNT

Varies depending on available funds. Awards typically range from $500 to $1000 per recipient.

CRITERIA

  • Female graduate student with a major in the Center for Information and Communication Sciences
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Prioritization given to students with greatest level of financial need

HOW TO APPLY

Please email Dr. Dennis Trinkle to express your interest. More information will be sent out to you electronically.

The purpose of the Fund is to provide scholarships to graduate students enrolled in the Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS) program to be used for books and supplies.

AWARD AMOUNT

Varies depending on available funds.

CRITERIA

  • Graduate student enrolled in CICS program;
  • Submit a one-page letter of why book scholarship is needed

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit a one-page letter of why the book scholarship is needed. Applications should be sent by email to Dr. Dennis Trinkle.

Professor Nitcavic was a member of the Department of Communication for over 25 years and served as Department Chair for 15 years. Prior to his untimely death in 2005, Professor Nitcavic established a scholarship fund for undergraduate majors and minors in the Department of Communication Studies who are highly involved in departmental activities, above and beyond their required curriculum. Eligible students include members of the Debate Team, Individual Events Team, COMM Club, Lambda Pi Eta, and/or students with other forms of departmental involvement. Preference will be given to forensic team participation.

AWARD AMOUNT

Scholarship awards may vary depending upon the number and quality of applications received and the funds available. Awards typically range from $500-$1500.

CRITERIA

  • be a full-time Ball State University undergraduate student
  • be a major or minor in the Department of Communication Studies
  • be highly involved in departmental activities, above and beyond the required curriculum
  • possess a minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit the following application materials to Christine Sprunger by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021:

  • An application form (PDF)
  • A detailed list of departmental activity including:
    • Number of meetings attended
    • Events/competitions attended
    • Events/competitions organized/hosted
    • Leadership positions held
    • Estimate of time spent per semester or week
    • Special recognition or awards earned
    • Other relevant information related to departmental activities
  • A typed, double-spaced essay of no more than 500 words in which applicants: (1) explain the nature of their departmental involvement, (2) describe how they have exhibited leadership while involved in these activities, and (3) how these experiences have enhanced their professional development.
  • A current copy of the applicant’s DegreeWorks Audit.

Professor Nitcavic was a member of the Department of Communication for over 25 years and served as Department Chair for 15 years. Prior to his untimely death in 2005, he established a fund to provide scholarships for graduate students in the Department of Communication Studies.

AWARD AMOUNT

Scholarship awards may vary depending upon the number and quality of applications received and the funds available. Awards typically range from $500-$1500.

CRITERIA

  • be a full-time graduate student in Communication Studies at Ball State University
  • be completing their first year of study in the Department of Communication Studies
  • possess a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit the following application materials to Christine Sprunger by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021:

  • An application form (PDF)
  • A typed, double-spaced essay of no more than 500 words in which applicants explain: 1) why they are pursuing a degree in Communication Studies, 2) why they should receive this scholarship, and 3) how the scholarship would benefit their studies.
  • A copy of the applicant’s unofficial transcript.

Professor Nitcavic was a member of the Department of Communication for over 25 years and served as Department Chair for 15 years. Prior to his untimely death in 2005, Professor Nitcavic established a scholarship fund for undergraduate majors and minors in the Department of Communication Studies who actively promote diversity and the acceptance of difference within the department, university, and larger community. Such activities could address issues related to race, ethnicity, economic status, national origin, disability, gender, sexual identity, and/or age.

AWARD AMOUNT

Scholarship awards may vary depending upon the number and quality of applications received and the funds available. Awards typically range from $500-$1500.

CRITERIA

  • be a full-time Ball State University student
  • be a major or minor in the Department of Communication Studies
  • actively promote diversity and the acceptance of difference within the department, university, and larger community
  • possess a minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit the following application materials to Christine Sprunger by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021:

  • An application form (PDF)
  • A list of diversity related activities, including a brief description (1-2 sentences) of their role/responsibilities with regard to each activity
  • A typed, double-spaced essay of no more than 500 words in which applicants: 1) explain why they believe that promoting diversity and the acceptance of difference is important, and 2) how what they have learned in the Department of Communication Studies contributes to their diversity-related efforts.
  • A current copy of the applicant’s DegreeWorks Audit.

Donald P. Knott graduated from Ball State University in 1939 with a degree in Education. He taught high school speech, theatre, and social studies until his retirement in 1978. Prior to his death, Mr. Knott established an annuity to provide scholarships to other students studying communication and speech and theatre education. As he stated, “I attribute most of my success in life to Burris [High School] and Ball State. Now I feel I can show my gratitude and . . . help a student who might not otherwise be able to attend college.”

AWARD AMOUNT

Thanks to Mr. Knott’s generosity, the Department of Communication Studies is able to award offer up to four scholarships annually in the amount of approximately $1,000.00 each.

CRITERIA

  • be a full-time Ball State University undergraduate student;
  • possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA;
  • be a major in the Department of Communication Studies;
  • have earned sophomore status by the beginning of the year for which the scholarship is awarded (i.e., Fall 2020)

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit the following application materials to Christine Sprunger by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021:

  • An application form (PDF)
  • A list of scholarships awarded (including amounts of each scholarship) and other honors/awards received
  • A list of activities, including a brief description (1-2 sentences) of applicant’s role/responsibilities with regard to each activity
  • A typed, double-spaced essay of no more than 500 words in which applicants explain: 1) why they are pursuing a degree in Communication Studies, 2) why they deserve this scholarship, and 3) how the scholarship would benefit their studies.
  • A current copy of the applicant’s DegreeWorks Audit.

“World Tour Initiative” Scholarships are supported by the faculty of the Department of Communication Studies. This scholarship varies in amount and is designed to assist Communication Studies majors with international study and travel that directly fulfills educational purposes (e.g., study abroad experiences affiliated with the Rinker Center for Global Affairs, travel to present research at an International Communication Association conference, immersive learning experiences).

AWARD AMOUNT

Awards range from $500 to $1500 per recipient. Generally, a total of $3,000 is awarded every year for this scholarship.

CRITERIA

  • be a full-time Ball State University student in good standing
  • be a major (undergraduate or graduate) in the Department of Communication Studies
  • have completed at least 3 communication courses at Ball State University
  • be at least 18 years of age

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit the following application materials to Christine Sprunger by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021:

  • An application undergraduate form (PDF) or graduate form (PDF)
  • A typed, double-spaced essay of no more than 500 words in which the applicants indicate: (1) where and when they plan to travel/study, (2) the purpose of the travel and how it relates to their major, (3) why they wish to receive this scholarship, and (4) whether they are willing to deliver a presentation to other majors about their experiences when they return from their travels.
  • If the applicant is studying with an institution other than BSU, please provide relevant program information. (Applicants also may be asked to meet with a BSU official to determine transferability of courses.)
  • A current copy of the applicant’s DegreeWorks Audit.

All students will need to show proof of passport and travel plans before awards are distributed. Students who are not studying or traveling with a Ball State University program also must show proof of their involvement in this educational experience before awards are distributed.

This award may be used to support workshop attendance.

AWARD AMOUNT

Varies

CRITERIA

Must be a journalism teaching to apply.

HOW TO APPLY

Marilyn Weaver Secondary Education Award

This fund may be used to support student travel.

AWARD AMOUNT

Varies

CRITERIA

Must be enrolled in a School of Journalism and Strategic Communication program.

HOW TO APPLY

Ingelhart News Scholars Award

This fund provides support for high school students attending workshops offered by the School of Journalism and Strategic Communication.

AWARD AMOUNT

Varies

CRITERIA

Must be a high school student planning to attend one of Ball State University’s high school journalism workshop programs.

HOW TO APPLY

High School Journalism Workshops Award

This fund may be used for students with a demonstrated financial need related to an internship.

AWARD AMOUNT

Varies

CRITERIA

Must be a major or minor in the School of Journalism and Strategic Communication pursuing an internship for credit.

HOW TO APPLY

Betsy Ross Journalism Internship Award

This fund provide support for public relations students for travel related to professional or research presentations.

AWARD AMOUNT

Varies depending on available funds. Up to $500 per student can be awarded.

CRITERIA

Must be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in Ball State University’s public relations program.

HOW TO APPLY

Tom Borshoff Award

This fund may be used for student travel, professional development and small research projects.

AWARD AMOUNT

Varies

CRITERIA

Must be a student enrolled in a School of Journalism and Strategic Communication program.

HOW TO APPLY

Michael P. Smith Student Development Award

This fund may be used for support for public relations students. Examples include, but are not limited to, support of undergraduate and graduate student research paper presentations at conferences, participation in leadership activities and programs, and participation in competitions that build skills and reflect the quality of public relations education at Ball State.

AWARD AMOUNT

Varies

CRITERIA

Must be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in Ball State’s public relations program.

HOW TO APPLY

Sharpe Award for Public Relations

This fund may be used for travel and research expenses for graduate students only.

AWARD AMOUNT

Varies

CRITERIA

Must be a graduate student pursuing a program in the School of Journalism and Strategic Communication.

HOW TO APPLY

Mark Popovich Family Award

Please contact Kris Scott to enquire about funding opportunities available in the Department of Media.

A graduate of both Media and the Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS), Karen is Vice President of Customer and Market Insights at Salesforce, and also is a successful author.

AWARD AMOUNT

Varies depending on available funds.

CRITERIA

  • Recipients (undergraduate or graduate) of the Karen Mangia Fund must have a prepared paper or case study to present, must have been invited to attend a conference, or must have a viable project with an established history of project success.
  • Student majoring in the Department of Media with a GPA minimum of 2.5 on 4.0 scale.
  • Selection is at the discretion of Media Chair.

APPLICATION

Please contact Kris Scott to express your interest. More information will be sent out to you electronically.

TCOM alum Dwight Smith, co-president of Mission Control Media in California, has partnered in the creation of many successful non-scripted productions, including Hollywood Game Night, and the most recent version of The Soup.

The Dwight Smith Support Fund helps students enter their creations in competitions throughout the country.

AWARD AMOUNT

Varies depending on available funds.

CRITERIA

  • Student majoring in the Department of Media with plans to enter their creations in competitions.
  • Entries must be approved by the faculty advisor for the project or student production.
  • Selection is at the discretion of the Media Chair.

APPLICATION

Please contact Kris Scott to express your interest. More information will be sent out to you electronically.

Christina M. Wellbank

“I was awarded funds that allowed me the opportunity to be a part of ITERA, a nation-wide telecommunications organization for students, professors, and IT professionals. I was able to expand my professional network through this experience while learning from some of the best in the industry. The hands-on technical skills I've acquired from being a member of ITERA have been advantageous in my career and I am thankful for the opportunity.”
 
- Christina M. Wellbank, ‘20, CICS


Aric Fulton

“I am grateful for the Department of Journalism and their willingness to assist me with covering the costs for my state educator licensure exams. This assistance will allow me the opportunity to be one step closer to my dream of one day teaching the next generation of scholars. As the COVID-19 crisis disrupts the education system, the work of the department to empower students from low-income backgrounds is more essential than ever!”
 
- Aric Fulton, Journalism Education Senior