Elementary Education

Undergraduate Student Scholarships

The scholarship is renewable at the discretion of the Elementary Education Scholarship Committee.

Criteria

  • students in elementary education who are enrolled in 12 credits or more
  • preferably a graduate of an accredited high school in the state of Indiana
  • funding to be used for tuition and fees

Criteria

  • full-time sophomore, junior, or senior
  • major in elementary education at Ball State
  • demonstrated financial need
  • minimum GPA of at least 3.0 overall
  • resident of Indiana at the time of the award

Criteria

  • junior
  • at least a 3.2 GPA overall on a 4.0 scale

How to Apply

Faculty nominate students for the scholarship. The Departmental Honors Committee selects the students who receive the award.

Criteria

  • major in elementary education
  • from Daleville or Middletown, Indiana

This scholarship is renewable at the discretion of the scholarship selection committee.

Criteria

  • major in elementary education

The award shall be renewed for each succeeding undergraduate year so long as the recipient maintains the minimum GPA necessary to remain enrolled at Ball State, with maximum renewal period equal to four academic years or eight semesters

Criteria

  • graduate from Franklin County High School or its successor high school
  • show interest in pursuing an elementary education degree at Ball State
  • demonstrate best potential as a future elementary teacher

Evidence of financial need is not necessary and shall not be considered.

If there is a year in which there are no qualified recipients, the interest shall be accumulated for future years.

Criteria

  • full-time student enrolled at Ball State
  • either completing junior status in their undergraduate studies and majoring in one of the certification programs offered by the Department of Elementary Education OR
  • enrolled in a graduate program in elementary education, early childhood education, or reading
  • demonstrated dedication and enthusiasm to enriching children's lives through reading and children's literature by: enrollment in reading, language arts, and children's literature courses; interest in
  • completion of an endorsement in reading; dedicated efforts through volunteer involvement, class work, or faculty recommendation
  • of high moral character
  • minimum GPA of 3.3 in major

Criteria

  • major in elementary education
  • engaged in field experiences, such as student teaching, in their final year of studies
  • demonstrated financial need

This scholarship is renewable at the discretion of the Department of Elementary Education providing the student meets the stated criteria.

Criteria

  • undergraduate or graduate student (undergraduate recipient(s) can be a freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or transfer student)
  • major in elementary education
  • preferably have demonstrated financial need, but both merit and need shall be factors used to select a recipient

Criteria

  • major in elementary education

Criteria

  • major in elementary education

The scholarship can be renewed provided the recipient continues to meet the stated criteria and demonstrates a financial need.

Criteria

  • single parent who has legal and financial responsibility for a child under the age of 18
  • full or part-time student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in the Department of Elementary Education

Criteria

  • resident of Cass County, Indiana
  • major in elementary education

Criteria

  • major in elementary education
  • preferably enrolled in the EDEL-O England International experience
  • minimum 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • financial need may be considered
  • demonstrated interest in personal and professional growth through international experiences

Recipient(s) should give a written report on their experience to the Department of Elementary Education upon completion of the experience.

Criteria

  • completed at least 45 credits, but not more than 95
  • demonstrate outstanding improvement of cumulative GPA since matriculation
  • earned a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Criteria

  • committed to the field of elementary education
  • demonstrate intellectual ability, academic achievement, and high personal standards

Two scholarships shall be awarded each year, one student for the fall semester and a different student for the spring semester.

Criteria

  • demonstrate financial need
  • major in elementary education

Note: This scholarship is also available for graduate students.

Graduate Student Scholarships

Criteria

  • full-time student enrolled at Ball State
  • either completing junior status in their undergraduate studies and majoring in one of the certification programs offered by the Department of Elementary Education OR
  • enrolled in a graduate program in elementary education, early childhood education, or reading
  • demonstrated dedication and enthusiasm to enriching children's lives through reading and children's literature by: enrollment in reading, language arts, and children's literature courses; interest in
  • completion of an endorsement in reading; dedicated efforts through volunteer involvement, class work, or faculty recommendation
  • of high moral character
  • minimum GPA of 3.3 in major

This scholarship is renewable at the discretion of the Department of Elementary Education providing the student meets the stated criteria.

Criteria

  • undergraduate or graduate student (undergraduate recipient(s) can be a freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or transfer student)
  • major in elementary education
  • preferably have demonstrated financial need, but both merit and need shall be factors used to select a recipient

This scholarship was founded in 1976 in memory of Kathy Northington, a deaf education major who lost her life in an auto accident during her junior year. Her husband established this scholarship to recognize students majoring in deaf education.

Award Amount

One award of approximately $350.

Criteria

  • Achieve junior or senior status by fall semester.
  • Exhibit outstanding achievement as reflected by GPA.
  • Be a full-time student both fall and spring semesters.
  • Major in deaf education.

How to Apply

Paper applications are available in early spring outside the Department of Special Education office on the seventh floor of Teachers College. You can apply for as many scholarships as you wish, but only one scholarship is awarded to any individual student.

Scholarships are awarded at the annual awards banquet, usually held in mid-April.

Family and friends of David M. Meeks established this scholarship in June 1993 to help overcome financial barriers for student teachers.

Award Amount

Two awards of approximately $2,000 each.

Criteria

  • Have a GPA of 3.5 or higher (at application time).
  • Achieve senior status by start of fall semester of the award year.
  • Be a full-time student both fall and spring semesters.
  • Be enrolled in special education student teaching either fall or spring semester.
  • Major in any area of special education.
  • Express a financial need.

How to Apply

Paper applications are available in early spring outside the Department of Special Education office on the seventh floor of Teachers College. You can apply for as many scholarships as you wish, but only one scholarship is awarded to any individual student.

Scholarships are awarded at the annual awards banquet, usually held in mid-April.

Elizabeth Spencer, professor emeritus of special education, was chairperson of the Department of Special Education for many years. She helped to establish and grow our departmental programs early on.

Award Amount

Two awards of approximately $300.

Criteria

  • Achieve sophomore, junior, or senior status by fall semester.
  • Exhibit outstanding academic achievement.
  • Be a full-time student both fall and spring semesters.
  • Major in mild or severe disabilities.
  • Have been admitted to the teaching curriculum.
  • Express a financial need.

How to Apply

Paper applications are available in early spring outside the Department of Special Education office on the seventh floor of Teachers College. You can apply for as many scholarships as you wish, but only one scholarship is awarded to any individual student.

Scholarships are awarded at the annual awards banquet, usually held in mid-April.

Established in 1985, Reach Out to the Handicapped is an organization that seeks to provide experience typically unavailable to persons with disabilities and give them a sense of well-being.

Award Amount

Two awards of $500 each.

Criteria

  • Be a resident of Indiana (preference to residents of Hancock County).
  • Achieve at least a 2.5 overall GPA.
  • Major in any special education area.
  • Have been admitted to the teaching curriculum.
  • Demonstrate volunteer and/or work experiences with special-needs persons through work experiences, volunteering, or Student Council for Exceptional Children leadership.
  • Be a full-time student both fall and spring semesters or be a part-time student who is working with persons with handicaps.

How to Apply

Paper applications are available in early spring outside the Department of Special Education office on the seventh floor of Teachers College. You can apply for as many scholarships as you wish, but only one scholarship is awarded to any individual student.

Scholarships are awarded at the annual awards banquet, usually held in mid-April.

A bequest from Mary Jo DeVleeschower established this scholarship in 1993 to assist special education students majoring in the deaf education program.

Award Amount

One award of approximately $200 each.

Criteria

  • Achieve junior or senior status by fall semester.
  • Exhibit outstanding achievement as reflected by GPA.
  • Be a full-time student both fall and spring semesters.
  • Major in deaf education.

How to Apply

Paper applications are available in early spring outside the Department of Special Education office on the seventh floor of Teachers College. You can apply for as many scholarships as you wish, but only one scholarship is awarded to any individual student.

Scholarships are awarded at the annual awards banquet, usually held in mid-April.

The department has several scholarships available for incoming and continuing students. To apply, fill out an online application by the end of February. Learn more.

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