Selected outstanding high school seniors are awarded a Presidential Scholarship. The award is open to in-state and out-of-state students. This award may pay institutional charges for tuition, fees, and room and board.  To check on your eligibility of this scholarship, please visit our scholarship calculator.

For Those Awarded 2020-21

  • In-state students can receive $5,500 a year for a four-year total of $22,000.
  • Out-of-state students can receive $16,000 a year for a four-year total of $64,000.

In certain circumstances, other financial aid you receive may result in your award being reduced. All financial aid you receive, when combined with the Presidential Scholarship, cannot exceed the total cost of attendance.  Presidential Scholars must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0. If the GPA drops below 3.0 at the end of the spring semester of any academic year, the scholarship will not be renewed. However, if the cumulative GPA is raised to a 3.0 at the end of the fall or summer semester, the award can be reinstated upon request. The scholarship is awarded for a maximum of eight semesters of undergraduate study (ten semesters for students in an undergraduate major that requires a fifth year to complete). Recipients must enroll in on-campus classes as full-time, degree-seeking students.

The Whitinger Scholarship is the signature scholarship of the Honors College and is the most prestigious scholarship awarded by Ball State University, honoring 8 exceptionally talented students each year. Established in 1976, the scholarship is supported by academic programs, social activities, and special opportunities as well as the funds for the scholarship itself.


The Whitinger Scholarship covers full tuition (in-state or out-of-state), mandatory university fees (those which apply automatically to all students), and on-campus room and board (a typical DeHority Complex shared double with the 14 meal/week plan) for eight semesters as an undergraduate at Ball State.  Students who receive another merit based scholarship from the university (Presidential Scholarship, Ball State Scholars Award, etc.) will have that award apply to tuition and fees first and the Whitinger will apply to remaining tuition and fee charges, as well as on-campus room and board.  


Requirements include returning the written application, an on-campus conversation with the director of the program or a representative of the committee, and a spontaneous essay.

Scholarship recipients are selected by committee based on their academic ability, character, creativity, and potential for leadership.

Eligibility for consideration includes:

  • Apply to the Honors College at Ball State University by the priority deadline of November 15.
  • Be accepted to Ball State University and its Honors College.
  • Complete the Indiana Academic Honors Diploma or an equivalent curriculum if you are not from Indiana.
  • Earn a 3.85 or higher high school grade point average on a 4.0 scale.


Honors College applicants who qualify for the award will receive application materials by email on file with their Ball State application after applying to Ball State and the Honors College by the priority deadline of November 15..

All applicants are personally responsible for submitting their completed applications to the director of the program by noon December 6. Specific information is on the application form. We will not accept self-nominations or applications or nominations from schools.

We will notify finalists on or before December 18 to schedule an on-campus visit. All interviews must be completed by January 31.

The Honors College Scholar and Honors Distinction Scholarships are given to a small number of new freshmen who have competed in the Whitinger Scholars competition.

The Dr. T.M. Anderson Scholarship is given to a freshman honors student majoring in history or in a teaching major with a primary concentration in U.S. history.

Award Amount

The scholarship supplements the Presidential Scholarship up to the value of full Indiana tuition for four years.


To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • major in history
  • maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.33 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • maintain a 3.5 GPA in the history major

The recipient need not be a resident of Indiana. This scholarship is awarded in addition to the Presidential Scholarship.

How to Apply

Submit your materials as a PDF file via email to by the deadline date of January 6.  

Apply for the Dr. T.M. Anderson Scholarship


Other than the Presidential, Whitinger, and Anderson scholarships, you may be eligible for one or more of several others awards the Honors College awards to matriculating freshmen and transferring students:

  • Melvin Fields and Zelda Holsinger Fields Scholarship
  • Professor Ethel Mae Haave Memorial Scholarship
  • Mildred M. and Ralph R. Gilpin Student Scholarship
  • Harding Scholarship
  • Mr. and Mrs. Oliver K. Ho Scholarship
  • Bruce F. and Ildiko B. Meyer Memorial Scholarship
  • David B. and Leighan R. Rinker Study Abroad Scholarship
  • O.L. Strong Memorial Scholarship
  • Nole L. and Rosalyn M. Walters Scholarship
  • Deborah S. Wehman Scholarship
  • Honors College Students of Excellence Scholarship and other funds as available

How to Apply

You may apply by downloading, completing, submitting our common application form and returning it to us by the deadline of January 6.

Download Application (PDF)

Mail To

Honors College
Ball Honors House (BA), room 104
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Honors College students are often candidates for additional scholarships that are not awarded by the Honors College.

If you are a high school senior who has actively participated in academic and extracurricular activities and has been a leader in your high school and local community, you will want to apply for this award. The Emens Leadership Scholarship is open to both in-state and out-of-state students.

The number and the value of Emens Leadership Scholarships may vary slightly from year to year, but in recent years the value has been one-half the amount of in-state tuition. Six to 10 new scholarships have been awarded each year to incoming freshmen. These awards are for eight semesters and are subject to an annual review of the student’s leadership and academic progress.

The Emens Scholars form a lively community of leaders on campus. They meet as a group at least twice a year, and they support each other in their wide-ranging endeavors across campus both in and out of the classroom.

Apply for the Emens Leadership Scholarship

The Harold Ellison Scholarship is available only to first-time freshmen who have graduated from schools in Delaware County, Indiana.  The scholarship pays for full tuition, room, and board at Ball State University.  Applicants must be nominated by their high school guidance counselor and only if they have already been awarded the Ball State Presidential Scholarship.  Students must demonstrate outstanding leadership, creativity, talent and academic achievement.  Nomination forms are available from your guidance counselor. 

The deadline to apply is February 1 of each year.

For more information contact:

First Merchants Private Wealth Advisors
Attn:  Lauren Lewis
P.O. Box 1467
Muncie, Indiana  47308-1467
Telephone 765-747-1362

Current Students

All current Ball State students may apply for national scholarships, fellowships, and internships that support graduate-level and international study, promote specific areas of undergraduate study, or reward academic excellence.