You can support some of our scholarships and other activities by making a gift online to our department through the Ball State University Foundation. 

Donations can be made online by clicking the button below and selecting one of the following funds from the dropdown menu.


telecommunications funds

This scholarship was established by the family of Dr. Joe Misiewicz, former professor and chairperson of the Department of Telecommunications at Ball State. The award honors “Dr. Joe” for his commitment to the department, his passion for teaching, and his contribution to the field of broadcast media over the years. Students chosen for this scholarship must have a demonstrated record of leadership at Ball State. Open to all juniors majoring in TCOM.

Ball State Sports Link, the nation’s first digital sports production program, announced its first fundraising campaign to create a Sports Link Legacy Scholarship. As the program grows and attracting students not just from Indiana but from across the United States, the $25,000 target will endow the first Sports Link Legacy Scholarship. Endowed funds are permanent funds, creating a true legacy that will impact students for generations to come.  The scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving student or students.

Honors former ABC News Correspondent Steve Bell, teacher, mentor, and advisor to TCOM news students for 15 years, and the first Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Chair in Telecommunications (1992-97).  In a nearly 40-year career in broadcast journalism, he reported many of the world’s most important stories, including the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Sen. Robert Kennedy. He was a Vietnam War correspondent and later served as Hong Kong Bureau Chief for ABC.  He also was the first news anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America.

Students chosen for this scholarship must demonstrate a commitment to ethics in news reporting—integrity, accuracy, fairness, and thoroughness—while also showing compassion in covering issues affecting the community, the nation, and the world.