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George and Frances Ball Scholars Program

You are invited to be a part of the largest single investment in student scholarship funding in Ball State’s history.

Ball State and the George and Frances Ball Foundation have created an endowed scholarship initiative that will increase financial assistance for the University’s undergraduate students from Indiana.

The George and Frances Ball Scholars Program will double the impact of any gift made to new and existing scholarships that meet the criteria of the match on behalf of our students.


  • One-for-one match for gifts or pledges of $25,000 to $250,000 to establish new, Legacy Endowed Scholarships. Gifts of $50,000 or more may be designated to a specific academic college or athletic program.
  • Matching dollars for new gifts, totaling $25,000 or more, going to previously established endowed scholarships that fit the criteria.
  • One-for-one match for new gifts of $1,000 or more not earmarked for a new or existing scholarship. These gifts and their matches will be placed in the George and Frances Ball Scholars Fund, which will be used to recruit, retain, and help current and future students complete their Ball State degrees.

Community Connection

Ball State and Muncie’s George and Frances Ball Foundation have collaborated on numerous projects since George A. Ball — one of five brothers who founded the University — and his wife, Frances, created a private organization in 1937 to extend the family’s commitment to the community. Through this partnership, a $5 million challenge grant was created that allows donors to double the impact of their investment and help talented students prepare for fulfilling careers and meaningful lives.

This scholarship effort complements George and Frances Ball Foundation’s “Cradle to Career Pathway to Success Initiative,” which is tied to building a brighter future for individuals and communities.

Make a matching gift now to the George and Frances Ball Scholars Fund or learn more by contacting Carmella Hise, assistant vice president for Development.