The Honors College focuses on nurturing informed citizens, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. Students collaborate with faculty mentors to develop individualized degree programs. Junior peer mentors guide first-year students. Seniors present capstone projects.

Gifts to Honors College can directly benefit dedicated, deserving students. Support will expand scholarship offerings and alleviate financial burdens for travel to competitions, projects, and conferences. Another focus is developing professorships that will draw and retain leading faculty experts driven to elevate the national reach and reputation of our most influential programs.

"When I heard that Ball State had an honors college program, I was very interested in that because I had previously done an honors program in my high school. So I feel like by taking honors courses I've become a lot more articulate and I've been able to speak up more and learning how to debate and interact well with others."

—Selena Webb
Telecommunications Major

Honors College Funds

Fund Purpose

Gifts made to the college directly benefit dedicated, deserving students engaged in stimulating, one-of-a-kind courses and research within our supportive community.

Examples

This fund supports students engaged in research and scholarship projects, funding their time, necessary supplies, and presentation of their results at professional meetings. The fund enables Honors College classes to pursue novel immersive learning experiences both locally and afield. The fund also supports Honors College scholarships for matriculating and continuing students.

Fund Purpose

The Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Honors House is a vibrant, central home for the Honors College community. In its first 10 years it has accommodated increasing numbers of students and faculty. Now is the time to realize the full potential of the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Honors House site. Gifts to this fund will complete the original plan, expanding the footprint to include an additional classroom, offices for additional faculty, and an accessible gathering area for students.

Examples

Contributions to this capital campaign will equip the Honors College to more effectively serve our students in the decades to come

Fund Purpose

The Whitinger Scholarship is the signature scholarship of the Honors College and is the most prestigious scholarship awarded by Ball State University, honoring 10 exceptionally talented students each year. Since established in 1976, this scholarship is a critical recruitment tool, attracting many high potential students to consider and join Ball State University and its Honors College.  

Examples

Gifts from Whitinger Scholar Alumni and other friends will strengthen the endowment so that the Whitinger Scholars program will continue to thrive.

Fund Purpose

The Emens Scholars Program, established in 1977, honors former Ball State University President John R. Emens and his wife, Aline B. Emens, for their many years of service. The commitment of President and Mrs. Emens to attract outstanding students to Ball State University, recognize student leadership, and develop students’ leadership potential continues today  through the Emens Scholars Program.

Examples

 Gifts from Emens Scholar Alumni and other friends will strengthen the endowment so that this program will continue to thrive.

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Use our secure online giving portal to make a difference today. On the form, use the drop-down menu to select the account you'd like to support, then use your credit or debit card to make your gift.

More Ways to Give

We offer several options for you to make your gift, depending on your preferences. You may do so online, by mail, by phone, through a payroll deduction, and more. Also, there is more than one type of gift you can make, so take a minute to review your options and determine what's best for you. If you have questions or need help, please feel free to contact one of our staff at the Ball State University Foundation.

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