Substantial financial awards are available exclusively to new and current Honors College students based on merit and/or need. Explore the opportunities below and apply by the stated deadlines to be considered for them. Also explore other Ball State scholarships for new and current students.

New Student Awards

Honors College awards for qualified incoming freshman and transfer students are renewable for a total of eight semesters, subject to an annual review of the recipient’s overall GPA, eligibility, and progress toward completing the honors curriculum.

Apply for most of these awards by downloading, completing, and returning the Honors College common application form by the deadline of January 6. The Whitinger and Anderson scholarships require separate applications.

Premier Named Awards

The Whitinger Scholarship is the signature scholarship of the Honors College and the most prestigious scholarship awarded by Ball State. It supplements Ball State’s Presidential Scholarship to provide full tuition and required fees plus on-campus room and board for eight new Honors College students of exceptional potential each year. This award honors Dr. Ralph J. Whitinger, a 1929 graduate who served many years as the first president of the Ball State University Foundation.

Award Amount

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

Criteria

Requirements include returning a completed application by the stated deadline. Scholarship recipients are selected by a committee based on their academic ability, character, creativity, and potential for leadership. Eligibility for consideration includes:

  • Apply to the Honors College by the priority deadline of November 16.
  • Get accepted to Ball State and the Honors College.
  • Complete the Indiana Academic Honors Diploma or an equivalent curriculum in another state.
  • Earn a high school GPA of 3.85 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).

How to Apply

Honors College applicants who qualify for this award will receive application materials via their Ball State Applicant Status Portal. Please check your portal daily for an application notification; we send out applications each day. You must submit your completed application via your student portal by the December 6 deadline. Specific information is on the application form. We will not accept self-nominations or applications/nominations from schools.

Finalists will be notified on or before December 18 to schedule an interview. All interviews must be completed by January 15.

The Anderson Scholarship supplements Ball State’s Presidential Scholarship to provide full in-state tuition and required fees for a new Honors College student pursuing a major in history or a teaching major with a primary concentration in U.S. history. This award honors its namesake, whose keen interest in the history of the American West enriched and inspired both family and friends. Funding is provided by the family of his son, Stefan S. Anderson, chairman of First Merchants Corporation in Muncie from 1979 to 1999.

Criteria

Recipients do not need to be residents of Indiana. To be eligible, applicants must:

How to Apply

Download the application and submit materials as a PDF file via email to honors@bsu.edu by the January 6 deadline.

The Wehman Scholarship supplements Ball State’s Presidential Scholarship to provide full in-state tuition for a new Honors College student. This award was established by its namesake, who is an Honors College graduate and a practicing podiatrist who participated in intercollegiate volleyball and basketball as a Ball State student.

The Strong Scholarship provides in-state tuition for a new Honors College student from Indiana pursuing a major in nursing, business, architecture, or music. This award was established by Mr. and Mrs. O.L. Strong, daughters Jo Lucille Strong Dragoo Wagner and Elsie Strong Reece, and their husbands, Howard Reece and Don Dragoo.

The Meyer Scholarship provides substantial assistance (currently $8,000 per year) to a new Honors College student who has demonstrated financial need and exceptional potential. This award honors a former Honors College dean and his wife for their dedication to the college and Ball State.

The following scholarships for new Honors College students currently provide financial assistance ranging from $1,500 to $4,000 annually, depending on the fund.

The Fields Scholarship supports new Honors College students who demonstrate financial need. This award was established by its namesakes, both longtime Muncie residents. Mrs. Fields was a graduate of Ball State, a local teacher, and past president of the Muncie Business and Professional Women's Club. Upon graduation from Muncie Central High School, Dr. Fields received a Harvard National Scholarship for undergraduate and graduate study at Harvard University and was a research chemist at DuPont Co. for many years.

The Gilpin Scholarship supports new Honors College students who demonstrate financial need. This award was established by its namesakes, who were 1925 graduates of Ball State.

The Haave Scholarship is a need-based award established by Carole (Kinder) Schreiber and Arthur Schreiber, Honors College graduates who first met in an honors course taught by Prof. Haave. They fondly remember Prof. Haave as an outstanding teacher whose course had educational impact far beyond the term. Through this scholarship, Mr. and Mrs. Schreiber seek to equip a new Honors College student for similar learning opportunities.

The Harding Scholarship for new Honors College students was established by Patricia “Trisha” Ann Harding, who earned a master’s degree from Ball State and taught middle and high school classes in Connecticut for more than 35 years. She was an avid photographer and took joy in seeing her students excel.

The Hickman Scholarship is a need-based award that provides support to a new Honors College student majoring in music. The scholarship was recently established by Carole (Kinder) Schreiber and Arthur Schreiber to honor Arthur’s grandmother, two aunts, and an uncle for their many years of musical contributions to the Muncie community.

The Ho Scholarship was established by its namesakes to support an outstanding new freshman or transfer Honors College student. Born in California, Mr. Ho enrolled and graduated from Ball State after his service in the Army during World War II. Relocating to Pasadena after military service in Korea, Mr. and Mrs. Ho were passionate community leaders for more than 50 years.

The Walters Scholarship supports a new Honors College student who demonstrates strong academic potential. This award was established by its namesakes, both 1950s graduates of Ball State who remained active alumni for many decades.

The following awards for new Honors College students provide various amounts of financial assistance, as noted in their descriptions.

The Scholar Award provides a select number of new Honors College students of exceptional potential with a total of $16,000 in financial support over eight semesters ($2,000 per semester), subject to annual renewal. Recipients are expected to maintain a minimum 3.50 overall GPA and make regular progress toward completing the Honors College curriculum. This award is funded through donations from Honors College alumni and friends.

The Student of Excellence Award provides a select number of new Honors College students of high potential with a total of $12,000 in financial support over eight semesters ($1,500 per semester), subject to annual renewal. Recipients are expected to maintain a minimum 3.50 overall GPA and make regular progress toward completing the Honors College curriculum. This award is funded through donations from Honors College alumni and friends.

The Ascend Scholarship provides a select number of new Honors College students with $10,000 in total financial support over eight semesters, subject to annual renewal, in the following manner: $1,000 across the first two semesters, $2,000 across the third and fourth semesters, $3,000 across the fifth and sixth semesters, and $4,000 across the final two semesters. Recipients are expected to maintain a minimum 3.33 overall GPA and make regular progress toward completing the Honors College curriculum. This award is funded through donations from Honors College alumni and friends.

The Rinker Scholarship provides a $2,000 award for new Honors College students who participate in a study abroad program. Scholarships are offered to several eligible students each year. The award can be applied toward the cost of an Honors College study abroad experience (which typically ranges from $2,000 to $3,500) or another authorized Ball State undergraduate study abroad program. At the time of the award, recipients must be making regular progress toward completing the Honors College curriculum with a minimum 3.33 overall GPA. This scholarship was established by its namesakes, advocates of the transformative power of travel for educational purposes.

Current Student Awards

Current and continuing Honors College students may apply for the following scholarships, fellowships, grants, and awards to support and reward their scholarly activities.

Premier Awards

Through the Honors Undergraduate Fellows Program, Honors College students can partner with faculty mentors on scholarly projects and receive pay for 150 hours of work for each semester of their fellowship (currently $1,080 per semester). Fellowship appointments may span one or two semesters, depending on the nature of the proposed project. Students may apply as early as their second semester for fellowships in subsequent semesters. Learn more about this program.

How to Apply

Applications are due on October 31 and March 31 each year. Download the application

The Top Flight Scholarships provide a total of $1,000 ($500 per semester) to about 10 first-year Honors College students who are continuing into their second academic year. These awards are not renewable; they are intended to provide a bridge to other funding opportunities such as the Honors Undergraduate Fellowships.

Recipients are expected to maintain a satisfactory overall GPA and make continual, satisfactory progress toward completing the Honors College curriculum. Students who entered the Honors College during the current academic year are eligible to apply for these awards. Applications are welcomed from first-year students who are poised for continued positive growth and impact within the Honors College community.

How to Apply

Applications are due on March 31 each year. Download the application.

The Trimmer Scholarship provides $2,500 per year to an Honors College student who is entering the sophomore year and pursuing a major in the arts or humanities. The award is renewable with certain conditions for a total of three years. Dr. Joe Trimmer is professor emeritus of English and director emeritus of the Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry at Ball State. His late wife, Carol, was outreach coordinator for Indiana Public Radio on campus for several years.

How to Apply

Applications are due on March 31 in years when an open scholarship line is available. Download the application.

Several Ruebel Fellowships of $3,000 each are awarded annually to Honors College students who are poised to make an impact in either an international setting, in a local community, or both. A signature element of the Honors College under Dean Ruebel’s leadership was the expansion of study abroad and other innovative learning experiences. This fund celebrates Dean Ruebel’s passion by empowering students to pursue innovative opportunities locally and internationally.

How to Apply

Applications are due on January 15 each year. Download the application.

The Lawhead Award provides an Honors College student pursuing a career in education with $3,000 during the third year of study toward the cost of an enhanced learning experience, such as an immersive or experiential growth experience, study abroad, attendance at a professional conference, an internship, or another unusual experience. This award honors Dr. Victor Lawhead and his wife, Doris. Dr. Lawhead was named dean of undergraduate programs at Ball State in 1958 and established what is now the Honors College that same year. He continually searched for innovative and engaging methods of teaching and learning and modeled these methods with his honors and education students.

How to Apply

Applications are due on January 15 each year. Download the application.

The Edmonds Scholarship provides $3,000 in financial assistance each biennium for an Honors College student preparing to study abroad. Drs. Anthony and Joanne Edmonds devoted more than 60 years to Ball State and the Honors College and championed study abroad experiences for Honors College students.

How to Apply

Applications are due on January 15 each even-numbered year. Application to come.

The Saxman Grants support and assist Honors College students with opportunities for meaningful research and scholarly activities as undergraduates. Experiences include, but are not limited to, travel grants to support students whose submitted presentations have been accepted to regional, national, and international professional conferences.

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted promptly when a presentation has been accepted. Contact the Dean of Honors College for details.

Students poised to share their Honors College research and scholarship to a broader audience should consider submitting a conference proposal to the Mid-East Honors Association (MEHA) or the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC). The Honors College supports the conference expenses for about 10 accepted and participating students for each conference each year.

How to Apply

To be considered for these grants, students must submit a declaration of intent form to the Honors College before submitting a proposal to MEHA or NCHC. Each year, declarations for NCHC are due on December 5, and declarations for MEHA are due on January 15.

Two awards of at least $1,000 each are presented each May to the most outstanding Honors College theses of the academic year, thanks to the generosity of Joe and Carol Trimmer. Honors College students who graduated in the prior December or who will graduate in May or July of the current year are eligible to apply.

How to Apply

The application for these awards includes a thesis manuscript and other supporting materials and must be submitted to the review committee by March 23 each year. Download the application.

The Honors College maintains a modest reserve for emergency, need-based grants. These funds flow directly from our Ball State University Foundation account to the recipient’s Ball State account. Honors College students who have an unexpected, critical need for financial assistance should contact an honors academic advisor for guidance regarding the application process.


The following scholarships for continuing Honors College students currently provide financial assistance ranging from $1,500 to $4,000 annually, depending on the fund.

Apply for these awards by downloading, completing, and returning the Honors College common application form by the January 6 deadline.


The Fields Scholarship supports Honors College students who demonstrate financial need. This award was established by its namesakes, both longtime Muncie residents. Mrs. Fields was a graduate of Ball State, a local teacher, and past president of the Muncie Business and Professional Women's Club. Upon graduation from Muncie Central High School, Dr. Fields received a Harvard National Scholarship for undergraduate and graduate study at Harvard University and was a research chemist at DuPont Co. for many years.

The Gilpin Scholarship supports Honors College students who demonstrate financial need. This award was established by its namesakes, who were 1925 graduates of Ball State.

The Harding Scholarship for Honors College students was established by Patricia “Trisha” Ann Harding, who earned a master’s degree from Ball State and taught middle and high school classes in Connecticut for more than 35 years. She was an avid photographer and took joy in seeing her students excel.

National/International Awards

Want to become the next Rhodes Scholar or National Science Foundation Fellow? Ball State helps current students pursue major national scholarships, fellowships, and internships that support graduate-level and international study, promote specific areas of undergraduate study, or reward academic excellence. Learn about these opportunities