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The Miller Leadership Academy seeks applicants who demonstrate the qualities exemplified by Wallace T. Miller, Jr., a successful and generous business leader for whom the program is named. The program is open to all students meeting the eligibility criteria, but strong consideration is given to students from underserved and historically marginalized populations whose presence will enhance the learning environment at the Miller College of Business through increased diversity.

A limited number of scholarships are available. Approximately 10-12 students will be accepted into the Miller Leadership Academy each year. The program is highly selective but also holistic in the selection process. Academics are important, but other qualities are of equal if not greater importance. Students with strong leadership skills and experience as well as a demonstrated commitment to serving others are highly encouraged to apply.

Apply to be a Miller Leadership Academy Scholar: Eligibility Criteria

  • An Indiana resident 

  • A U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident 

  • First-year college student seeking their first undergraduate degree 

  • Be admitted to Ball State University and declare a business major 

  • Minimum high school GPA of a 2.8 on a 4.0 scale 

  • SAT and ACT Scores are optional 

  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and experience 

  • Demonstrated commitment to serving others  

  • Involvement in extracurricular activities  

  • Preference given to those who have overcome adversity 

Application Process  

student smiling with the deanOnce you receive admission to Ball State University with a business major, qualified students will automatically be provided with information about how to apply to the Miller Leadership Academy online. If you believe you are eligible for the program, but did not receive an email inviting you to apply, please contact us at mlacademy@bsu.eduThe application deadline is February 1, 2023, at 11:59pm. After completing your application, you can continue to log in to your Admitted Student Portal to submit additional materials and check your application status.

Selection Process

The Miller Leadership Academy Selection Committee will meet shortly after the deadline. Finalists will be notified via email to schedule a 30–45-minute online interview via Zoom. Interviews will occur the 1st 2 weeks of February. Students who are selected to receive the Miller Leadership Academy Scholarship will be notified in late February 2023. Students selected as Miller Leadership Academy Scholars are required to attend the Miller Leadership Academy welcome event which will be held in early April 2023.

The application consists of: 

  • Demographic Information 

  • 2 Essays 

  • Activities Resume:

    • High School Extracurriculars

    • Employment/Internship

    • Leadership

    • Service Work/Volunteerism 

    • Honors and Awards

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation 

  • Online Interview, if Selected as a Finalist 

Please contact us if you have any questions.