The Whitinger Scholarship is the signature scholarship of the Honors College and is the most prestigious scholarship awarded by Ball State University, honoring 10 exceptionally talented students each year. Established in 1976, the scholarship is supported by academic programs, social activities, and special opportunities as well as the funds for the scholarship itself.
Full tuition and fees, including on-campus room and board, renewable for a total of eight semesters, subject to annual review. Students who receive another merit based scholarship from the university (Presidential Scholarship, Ball State Scholars Award, etc.) will have that award apply to tuition and fees first and the Whitinger will apply to remaining tuition and fee charges, as well as on-campus room and board.
Requirements include returning the written application, an on-campus conversation with the director of the program or a representative of the committee, and a spontaneous essay.
Scholarship recipients are selected by committee based on their academic ability, character, creativity, and potential for leadership.
Eligibility for consideration includes:
- first-time Honors College freshman, fall semester
- at least a 3.7 academic index on a 4.0 scale in academic college preparatory courses (academic index as calculated by Ball State’s Office of Admissions)
- either a.) a minimum SAT composite score of 1380, including a minimum of 620 on Math, and 650 on English or b.) a minimum ACT composite of 29, including a minimum of 26 on the ACT Math and English sub-scores
HOW TO APPLY
Honors College applicants who qualify for the award will receive application materials after applying to Ball State.
All applicants are personally responsible for submitting their completed applications to the director of the program by December 5th. Specific information is on the application form. We will not accept self-nominations or applications or nominations from schools.
We will notify finalists on or before December 18 to schedule an on-campus visit. All interviews must be completed by January 29.