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

  • Full-time Undergraduate Student
  • Elementary education major, with preference for kindergarten/primary education
  • Possess a passion to work with younger children
  • Minimum GPA 3.0 on 4.0 scale
  • Resident of Indiana

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

  • Undergraduate or graduate students pursing a degree in elementary education
  • GPA 3.0 or higher on 4.0 scale
  • Demonstrates financial need
  • Madison County, Indiana residents

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

  • Undergraduate or graduate students pursing a degree in elementary education
  • GPA 3.0 or higher on 4.0 scale
  • Demonstrates financial need
  • Madison County, Indiana residents

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

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

PDF Applications are available in spring semester by request directed to Dr. Penny Craig via email at pcraig@bsu.edu. Please submit completed applications and required materials to 00arplassman@bsu.edu.

Students may apply for as many scholarships as they wish, but only one scholarship will be awarded to any individual student.

Scholarships are awarded at the annual awards brunch, 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

PDF Applications are available in spring semester by request directed to Dr. Penny Craig via email at pcraig@bsu.edu. Please submit completed applications and required materials to 00arplassman@bsu.edu.

Students may apply for as many scholarships as they wish, but only one scholarship will be awarded to any individual student.

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

This scholarship was created by David E. McIntosh Jr. and Constance E. McIntosh in honor of their families. The McIntosh family resides in Henry and Rush counties and the Ross family resides in Montgomery County. Both David and Constance came from working class families who valued education and social service.

Award Amount

One award in the amount of $500.

Criteria

  • Junior or senior special education major
  • Students with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Preference will be given to students from Henry, Rushville, and Montgomery counties
  • Preference will be given to first generation college students

How to Apply

PDF Applications are available in spring semester by request directed to Dr. Penny Craig via email at pcraig@bsu.edu. Please submit completed applications and required materials to 00arplassman@bsu.edu.

Students may apply for as many scholarships as they wish, but only one scholarship will be awarded to any individual student.

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

Established in memory or Terri Reed who spent 30 years in public education. She had a passion for being the voice for her students. This scholarship is awarded to someone who will carry on and be an advocate and educator of students with special needs.

Award Amount

One award amount of approximately $1000.

Criteria

  • Undergraduate special ed major with a minimum of 40 credit hours in special education course work completed.
  • Student with a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Preference given to a student who has documented experience volunteering/working alongside people with special needs outside the BSU course work experience.

How to Apply

PDF Applications are available in spring semester by request directed to Dr. Penny Craig via email at pcraig@bsu.edu. Please submit completed applications and required materials to 00arplassman@bsu.edu.

Students may apply for as many scholarships as they wish, but only one scholarship will be awarded to any individual student.

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

The Department of Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies has multiple scholarship opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate level. It also offers graduate assistantships. Applications for scholarships are due by March 15th. Graduate assistantship applications should be made by May 1st to be competitive.

Undergraduate Scholarships

The department has several undergraduate scholarships available for incoming and continuing students. Below are listed the scholarships that are typically available. Those listed toward the top tend to have higher amounts. Each scholarship has unique qualification criteria, and a unique application that needs to be filled out. You may apply to more than one scholarship.

Criteria:

  • Enrolled full- or part-time in the online "completer" program (transfer students) with a minimum of 100 credit hours towards an Early Childhood Education degree
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0

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Criteria:

  • Student majoring in Early Childhood Education and Kindergarten/primary education
  • Proven financial need
  • Possess a great desire to work with children
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0

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Criteria:

  • Majoring in Family and Child or Early Childhood Education
  • Proven financial need

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Criteria:

  • Upper level students majoring in Family and Child or Early Childhood Education
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Proven financial need
  • Preference is given to female students

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Criteria:

  • Incoming freshman pursuing a major in Early Childhood Education

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Criteria:

  • Student majoring in Early Childhood Education
  • Incoming freshman or transfer student with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • SAT score of 1000 (old system) or 1500 (new system)

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Criteria:

  • Full or part-time undergraduate student majoring in Early Childhood Education
  • Member of an underrepresented population as related to the field of early childhood education (preferred)
  • Proven financial need

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Criteria:

  • Junior or senior pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Possess a passion for working with young children
  • Must maintain minimum standards for the program

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Graduate Scholarship

The Scholarship for Advancing Excellence in Early Childhood Education

Criteria:

  • Graduate students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Education with a focus on Early Childhood Education program, with a minimum of 24 credit hours completed;
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0; and
  • First preference given to students graduating by May 2021.

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Graduate Assistantships

Do you need help paying for your graduate work in early childhood? Are you interested in working closely with faculty while gaining hands-on experience in your field? Our department is committed to providing practical opportunities for both professional and personal growth through our graduate assistantships. Students from any department are welcome to apply for an assistantship.
  • Work with faculty members 20 hours per week (fall and spring semesters).
  • Duties depend on specific departmental needs and may include research, teaching, laboratory management, and other specialized duties.
  • Tuition waiver in accordance with university policies (applies to fall, spring, and summer)
  • Stipend based on departmental budget allocation

You must be officially admitted to a graduate degree program in the university and be registered for at least 6 hours of graduate work a semester to be eligible for an assistantship.

Complete the online application form.

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Non-Departmental Scholarships

The Michelle A. and James T. Ryan Family Scholarship covers all costs — including tuition, fees, and room and board — for “Ryan Scholars” over the next seven years.

Criteria:

  • Demonstrate high financial need.
  • Desire to become a teacher and declare an education/secondary education major.

Recipients will also express a commitment to diversity, equity, and excellence in education.

To be invited to apply:

  • Be admitted to Ball State University.
  • Fill out the FAFSA.


The Indiana Commission for Higher Education offers scholarships for minority students planning to teach in an accredited school in Indiana upon graduation.

AWARD AMOUNT

Minority students demonstrating financial need may receive up to $4,000 annually. Students who do not show financial need are eligible for up to $1,000 annually.

CRITERIA

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education (CHE) offers the William A. Crawford Minority Teacher Scholarship to you if you:

  • are a minority student (defined as black or Hispanic)
  • are admitted to or already attend an eligible Indiana institution as a full-time student
  • intend to pursue or are pursuing a course of study that would enable you, upon graduation, to teach in an accredited school in Indiana
  • agree, in writing, to apply for a teaching position in an accredited school in Indiana after you are certified as a teacher and, if hired, to teach for at least three years
  • meet other criteria established by the CHE.

Minimum criteria to receive state financial aid, including the William A. Crawford Minority Teacher Scholarship, include that you:

  • be an Indiana resident and an eligible U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • not be in default on a federal student loan or in over payment status on a federal student grant.

You must complete a FAFSA before you can complete the online scholarship application. It takes five to seven business days from filing for the FAFSA data to be available in the state's system. Therefore, the FAFSA must be filed in time for the student to meet the application deadline.

To renew the scholarship, a minority student who qualified for the initial award must maintain the cumulative grade point average (GPA) required for admission to the institution’s school of education or at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent if the school does not require a minimum GPA. Only first-time undergraduate students are eligible to receive the William A. Crawford Minority Teacher Scholarship.

HOW TO APPLY for the William A. Crawford Minority Teacher Scholarship

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