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.

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 International Programs, 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 Department of Journalism program.

HOW TO APPLY

Ingelhart News Scholars Award

This fund provides support for high school students attending workshops offered by the Department of Journalism.

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 Department of Journalism 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 Department of Journalism 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 Department of Journalism.

HOW TO APPLY

Mark Popovich Family Award

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

A graduate of both TCOM 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 Telecommunications with a GPA minimum of 2.5 on 4.0 scale.
  • Selection is at the discretion of TCOM 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 Telecommunications 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 TCOM 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