Michelle and Jim Ryan visit campus during Homecoming and meet with the Ryan Scholars

Michelle and Jim Ryan visit campus during Homecoming. Pictured from left to right: Andrea Flores (Ryan Family Scholar); Kendra Lowery (TC Associate Dean); Isaiah Kimp (Ryan Family Scholar); Amaree Burks (Ryan Family Scholar); Anand Marri (TC Dean); Michelle Ryan (TC Alumna and Donor); Jim Ryan (Donor); Jalen Chandler (Ryan Family Scholar); John Anderson (Director of the Ryan Family Navigators Program; Bryan (Alex) Vivas (Ryan Family Scholar); Kiara Johnson (Doctoral Assistant); Isabella (Izzy) Fuentes (Ryan Family Scholar); and Rebecca Gold (Doctoral Assistant). 

Historic Gift Creates Scholarship and Support Program

Michelle and Jim Ryan

A $1.45 million commitment from a Ball State University alumna, Michelle Ryan, and her husband Jim Ryan, represents the largest single gift in the history of Teachers College.

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Michelle and Jim Ryan have established the Michelle A. and James T. Ryan Family Scholarship and the Ryan Family Navigators Program. These initiatives assist students from diverse and economically challenged backgrounds by providing financial assistance and comprehensive student support services to them.

Ryan Family Scholars

The Michelle A. and James T. Ryan Family Scholarship cover all costs—including tuition, fees, and room and board—for approximately 16 Ryan Scholars over the next seven years. The Michelle A. and James T. Ryan Family Scholarship recipients are selected based on criteria established by the Ryan family in conjunction with Ball State Teachers College.

The first cohort of Ryan Family Scholars:

  • Amaree Burks - Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies Major
  • Jalen Chandler - Teaching Major, Social Studies
  • Andrea Flores - Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies/Early Childhood Special Education Dual Major
  • Isabella (Izzy) Fuentes - Music Education Major – Choral and Band
  • Isaiah Kimp - Teaching Major, Social Studies
  • Bryan (Alex) Vivas - Teaching Major, English

First Cohort of Ryan Family Scholars

Ryan Family Scholars Applications

If you have been invited to apply for a Ryan Family Scholarship, please complete the scholarship application no later than March 4, 2022 at 5:00 pm EST. If you are selected as a finalist upon review, you will receive an invitation for an interview.

Ryan Family Navigator Program

In conjunction with The Michelle A. and James T. Ryan Family Scholarship, The Ryan Family Navigators Program serves as a hub for student support and provides comprehensive student services to all teaching majors, particularly those who are the first in their family to attend college and/or they have financially challenging backgrounds.

Current Services Offered:
  • Student Success Coaching
  • Academic, Career, and Personal Development Workshops
  • Campus Resource Navigational Support

Students, faculty, and advisors should use the Ryan Family Navigators Referral Link to connect with program staff for services.

Ryan Family Navigator Program Staff

John Anderson

Dr. John W. Anderson Jr. is the inaugural Director of the Ryan Family Navigator Program, as well as a faculty member in the Department of Sociology. He earned a master’s degree in Sociology from Ball State in 2016, and an EdD in Adult and Community Education from Teachers College in 2021.

Rebecca Gold

Rebecca Gold is a Doctoral Assistant working with the Ryan Family Navigator Program. She is a first-year student in the Educational Psychology PhD program.

Kiara Johnson

Kiara Johnson is a Doctoral Assistant working with the Ryan Family Navigator Program. She is a third-year student in the Educational Psychology PhD program.