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Give to the Heart and Soul of Academic Achievement: Our Colleges

Your gift to one or more of Ball State’s colleges will flow directly to the university’s deep well of academic achievement. It will support passionate young scholars, inspiring professors, innovative new labs, and external internships and partnerships. Your investment in the college that made the greatest impact on your life will be put to use straight away, funding each college’s internal initiatives.

Explore the Individual Colleges and Their Initiatives

A generous gift can make a tremendous impact on an individual college: elevated reputation, greater reach, expanded programs. Please give to the college of your choice:


Celebrating 50 years, CAP brings together professional degree programs in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning alongside interdisciplinary education in historic preservation, real estate development, and urban design. Each program shares a common goal—to prepare students for leadership in sustainable environmental design and planning. Gifts to the college will support deserving students, including financial aid for first-year students as well as scholarships for high school students attending a summer design workshop.


  • College of Architecture and Planning Travel Fund: $250,000 annually
    A College of Architecture and Planning travel fund would support travel opportunities that are an integral part of the students’ educational journey at during their time with the college and university.
  • Undergraduate Scholarships: $250,000 annually
    The cost of attending college continues to be financially straining for many students, and programs within the College of Architecture and Planning are some of the most expensive programs at Ball State. Undergraduate scholarships all the college to offset those costs and allow the college to recruit highly qualified students out of high school.
  • Archive Support: $100,000 annually
    Support for the College of Architecture and Planning Archival efforts means helping advance the college’s standing as the statewide leader in preserving professional firms’ documents. This prestigious place of honor makes supporting the Archive a top priority for the college.
  • Civic Design Initiative: $250,000
    In a time which civic and community engagement is more important than ever, funds designated for a Civic Design Imitative will allow students to better their communities while simultaneously enhancing their academic experiences and content knowledge.

To advance the College of Architecture and Planning and support deserving students, complete our online giving form or explore your other options.

CCIM students are nimble, critical thinkers with a strong work ethic and exceptional skills—characteristics formed from layers of real-world, entrepreneurial experiences paired with rigorous instruction in technology-rich environments. Among the nation’s top communications programs, CCIM houses departments of communications studies, journalism, telecommunications, and the Center for Information and Communications Sciences. Your gift can support scholarships for deserving students, supplement travel, and recruitment for CCIM’s award-winning forensics team, and fuel operations of the cutting-edge Unified Media Lab.


  • Forensics Team Fund
    Ball State’s Communications Studies Speech team is comprised of nationally-recognized debate and speech teams that compete in interpretation and public address events. Faculty mentors coach students of all majors in public speaking and oral interpretation, building students’ communication skills and increasing their understanding of the liberal arts. Students need financial support to travel to competitions, and the team needs scholarship support to help recruit top debaters and public speakers to Ball State.
  • Recruitment Scholarships for College
    With so many deserving students competing for scholarships within Ball State’s largest major, financial support to draw and retain the nation’s top students is limited. Help these hard-working, driven students achieve their dreams—forever grateful for your support of their passionate purpose. Scholarship funds to the college would support recruitment for multiple disciplines, as well as need-based scholarships, and student travel scholarships.
  • Center for Information and Communication Sciences graduate assistant positions
    Assistantships offer graduate students critical teaching, administrative, and research experience and support departmental needs and faculty research. Help the college attract top graduate students driven to make a lasting impact on our world and advance the mission of the college.
  • College Software and Hardware Maintenance Fund
    As one of many colleges driven by student success, one thing we must consider is funding for the various softwares and hardwares needed for student success. This fund would guarantee students are being taught on the most up-to-date technology, from design softwares to research ware, new cameras or editing suites. Use of this most current technology means we’re graduating better prepared students every year.
  • Emerging Media Scholar Program
    The media are among the world’s most important story tellers. Current events underscore the demand for increased diversity of voice among the journalists in American media. The Emerging Media Scholar program will empower minority students’ voices for successful media careers and open their eyes to potential professional opportunities in media education. Your backing is needed to attract and support promising scholars from traditionally underrepresented minority groups for graduate study and future faculty positions in the Department of Journalism at Ball State University.

To advance the College of Communication, Information, and Media and support deserving students, complete our online giving form or explore your other options.

Students in the College of Fine Arts believe in the power of expression, the beauty of interpretation, and the possibilities of material. Professionally-connected faculty artists nurture each student’s creativity, curiosity, and collaborative skills through individualized training that challenges, motivates, and inspires. Our nationally-recognized programs prepare students to be thinkers, responsible citizens, and motivated artists driven to succeed in competitive industries. Gifts will directly benefit students through need and talent-based scholarships. Gifts can also support and establish professorships that draw industry leaders to campus.


  • Theatre and Dance Complex
    In order to unify the Theatre and Dance departments, a new complex would move both programs and spaces into one building. Currently scattered across campus in multiple buildings, this joint complex would give the students appropriate spaces to rehearse, learn together, and help the department continue to grow together. Students would learn in a multi-disciplinary space, further instilling real-world experience within them.
  • Student Scholarships
    • Department of Theatre and Dance Scholarships
    • School of Music Student Scholarships
    • School of Art Scholarships

Scholarships draw top students from across the nation and help these deserving, driven students achieve their dreams—forever grateful for your support of their passionate purpose. Nurturing a students’ creativity is a lasting investment in their life, the lives of those they inspire, and in the arts as a whole.

  • Student Travel Fund
    The Student Travel Fund supports travel to shows, conferences, showcases, and various others across the nation. Giving our students the chance to experience, participate, and present at these activities allows them to learn not only from Ball State, but from renowned professionals in their industries throughout their entire college experience.
  • Distinguished Professorships: $350,000 endowed
    • Department of Theatre and Dance Distinguished Professorship
    • School of Music Distinguished Professorship
    • School of Art Distinguished Professorship
    • David Owsley Museum of Art Curator/Professorship

Competitive professorships attract leading artists and educators, who enhance the reputation and reach of our programs, broaden our networks, and increase our exposure on the national scene. Our professors foster lasting relationships with students and develop challenging curriculum and innovative programs that draw top students and outfit them with the training and perspective needed to succeed. The joint curator/professorship will enhance teaching, research, and academic work by facilitating firsthand experiences between students and original works of art in the museum’s collection and special exhibits.

  • Arts and Journalism Gallery Naming
    By naming the gallery and School of Music, we can build the reputation of both. The Atrium Gallery serves as an important educational tool as it provides opportunities for students, faculty, and the broader arts community to showcase works and view the artwork of others. Naming the gallery will allow us broaden and diversify our exhibits as well as bring in traveling shows to engage and inspire the campus community.
  • School Of Music Naming
    Ball State’s School of Music is an academically and artistically rigorous program that presents more than 250 concerts, recitals, master classes, and lectures throughout the year. Our students perform with award-winning ensembles and develop creative recording engineering and professional songwriting skills. Our students prepare to teach music in a variety of settings, and compose music for a variety of performers and media. The school seeks to name itself after a person, family, or organization who values meaningful arts education and performance.

To advance the College of Fine Arts and support deserving students, complete our online giving form or explore your other options.

With a $62.5 million state-of-the-art building under construction, the College of Health supports interdisciplinary learning that integrates expertise and discovery across seven health-related disciplines: counseling psychology, health science, kinesiology, nutrition/dietetics, nursing, speech pathology and audiology, and social work. Gifts to the college will elevate the reach and reputation of our programs, support innovative instruction, and bolster external partnerships that prepare students to adapt and excel in demanding roles. Naming opportunities are available.


  • Named Spaces
    As the Ball State College of Health building shifts from an idea to a reality many new spaces within the building will emerge, fresh and new, for students to cultivate from empty rooms into learning environments with endless possibilities. Space naming opportunities will make this cultivation possible as funding goes towards upkeep, staffing, and daily operations within the clinics and classrooms. Fostering one of these name space opportunities will directly impact the quality of education each student, who steps within your named space, will receive for generations to come.
    • Biomechanics Laboratory
    • Speech Pathology & Audiology Clinics
    • Inter-professional Clinics and Simulation Spaces
  • Distinguished Lecture Series
    Guest lecturers offer students and the greater university community insight into the latest trends and health topics. Your investment in these enriching experiences brings classroom knowledge to life and broadens our understanding of the health and well-being of individuals and communities. Guest lectures often inspire lasting relationships that result in internships for students and research partnerships for faculty, raising the profile of our college.
    • College of Health Lecture Series
    • Human Performance Lab Lecture Series
    • Speech Pathology & Audiology Lecture Series
  • Distinguished Endowed Professorships or Chairs
    Competitive professorships attract leading educators driven to enhance the reputation and reach of our programs and nurture the next generation. Our professors foster lasting relationships with students and develop challenging curriculum and innovative programs that draw top students and outfit them with the training and perspective needed to succeed.
    • Biomechanics and Laboratory
    • Clinical Professorship
    • Nutrition and Health Science
  • Visiting Scholar Program
    The college is eager to invite scholars and practitioners with a substantial record of professional achievement and a well-developed research agenda to join the faculty each year. These opportunities strengthen and diversify our programs and expertise. Your investment in visiting scholars deepens the student experience allows our expert faculty and students to work alongside leaders in their field. The research and collaborations that emerge from these opportunities draw attention to Ball State’s innovative partnerships and scholarly work.
    To advance the College of Health and support deserving students, complete our online giving form or explore your other options.

To advance the College of Health and support deserving students, complete our online giving form or explore your other options.

Students in the College of Sciences and Humanities explore cultural and scientific truths that advance our world. The College is the heart of liberal arts education and the university’s largest college, with 17 departments that span the humanities; the natural, mathematical, and computer sciences; and the social sciences. Your gift can help alleviate financial burdens for deserving students eager to participate in competitions, community projects, and conferences. Your support will also fuel professional development for faculty, supplement community outreach, supply leading equipment, and draw top thought-leaders to engage and inspire students.


  • Scientific Equipment Acquisition Endowment: $1 Million
    Ball State prides itself on exposing undergraduates, as well as graduate students, to the latest scientific and computing equipment. We want them to develop “good hands,” in the lab and a confident ability to use the latest techniques and technology to solve problems and to create products and services. We also share. Users from different classes, laboratories, even departments, share the same equipment. This promotes an appreciation for the cost of equipment, but also permits an awareness of the relationship among disciplines, as they tackle related aspects of the same questions.
  • Undergraduate Student Scholarship Fund: $250,000
    In addition to providing outstanding programs, taught by high quality faculty, passionate about their disciplines, Ball State needs scholarship funding to attract and retain to timely graduation talented students, many of whom lack the resources to fund their education. Financial accessibility ensures that Ball State will nurture the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of the next generation of students.
  • Otis Bowen Center for Public Affairs: $100,000
    Invest in this critical Indiana resource, which serves the state through applied research in public policy, professional education for public servants, and civic education that inspires citizen involvement. Your support will ensure continuation of the center’s nationally recognized programs to advance civic literacy, community engagement, public service, and nonpartisan government research.
  • Geographic Information Systems Program fund: $50,000
    Whether you are locating a police precinct, designing a legislative district, or following racial or religious diaspora, GIS is a key tool to analyze and display the geographical distribution of variables with a spatial component. A diverse group of disciplines all benefit from an understanding of the spatial distribution of relevant variables. Investment in this program can yield manifold benefits across the campus and stimulate beneficial collaborations in the creation of new knowledge, as well as in the perfection of marketable skills.
  • Planetarium Show Production Support Fund: $100,000
    With the new Charles Brown Planetarium and the conversion of the old planetarium to a Full Dome Media site, we have the opportunity to be national leaders in planetarium show production (student and faculty partnerships). However, we are underfunded and need to increase our support for the planetarium, particularly in helping with staffing issues.
  • Planetarium Show Production Support Fund: $100,000
    With the new Charles Brown Planetarium and the conversion of the old planetarium to a Full Dome Media site, we have the opportunity to be national leaders in planetarium show production (student and faculty partnerships). However, we are underfunded and need to increase our support for the planetarium, particularly in helping with staffing issues.
  • Environmental Sciences Program Fund: $100,000
    The Environmental Sciences Program has brought together existing expertise to capitalize on our early successes. Our inquiries all reflect 21st Century concerns. We have a critical mass of talent on campus that needs to be supported with instrumentation, post-doctoral fellowships, and graduate assistants, as well as teaching/research space commensurate with a combined field/experimental research agenda.

To advance the College of Sciences and Humanities and support deserving students, complete our online giving form or explore your other options.

The Honors College focuses on nurturing informed citizens, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. Students collaborate with faculty mentors to develop individualized degree programs. Junior peer mentors guide first-year students. Seniors present capstone projects. Gifts to Honors College can directly benefit dedicated, deserving students. Support will expand scholarship offerings and alleviate financial burdens for travel to competitions, projects, and conferences. Another focus is developing professorships that will draw and retain leading faculty experts driven to elevate the national reach and reputation of our most influential programs.

Primary Priorities:

  • Honors College Scholarships for Field Experiences (need based) - $500,000
    Studying afield, whether domestic or abroad, can be a powerful, enriching experience for Honors College students. This need based scholarship will enable current Honors College students the opportunity to participate in such an experience through the generous support of alumni who participated in such a study experience and others who recognize the impact of such an opportunity. This endowed fund would annually support ten to twenty students at $1,000 to $2,000 per award.
  • Honors College Scholarships for Transfer Students - $500,000
    Students transferring to Ball State from another school represent an increasing proportion of our undergraduate population. The Honors College must ensure that these students are recruited and retained. We currently have no scholarship tools specifically allocated for this purpose. The proposed scholarship would equip us to target and recruit students with high potential for success in a manner similar to our current Whitinger Scholars program. This endowed fund would annually provide half tuition and fees (approximately $6,000) for an exceptional transfer student, which would be renewable for that student for three years.
  • Named Honors Faculty Fellowship - $500,000
    Named Honors Faculty Fellowships would strengthen the educational experience for students across all disciplines in Honors College. The Faculty Fellowship would last for two years where the faculty member would receive funding to engage in a unique program, class, or project with students in Honors College. This endowed fund would provide four faculty members with $5,000 in resources per year for two years to engage their students in a new and unique program, class, or project.
  • Honors Distinguished Professor - $350,000
    As the second professorship dedicated for Honors College, this faculty member would deepen connections for students in the Honors College. This position would create campus-wide collaboration and recognition advancing a meaningful honors curriculum, much like the Reed D. Voran Honors Distinguished Professor of Humanities. This endowed fund would provide $15,750 annually to support a distinguished professor in Honors College.
  • The James S. Ruebel Honors Fellowships for International and Innovative Experiences - $400,000
    We have students passionate and poised to transform knowledge, analysis, and ideas into innovative action that will have a direct benefit on the Honors College, Ball State University, our local community, and beyond. These Fellowships will empower two groups: 1) exceptional students poised for an impactful international experience; and 2) exceptional students poised to establish a new innovative program or project that will have a direct benefit on a local community.

Pledged and received gifts will fund the first Ruebel Fellow in the 2018-19 Academic Year. When fully funded, each year six competitively selected fellows would receive substantial support ($3000 each) toward a distinctive international experience, a distinctive innovative community experience, or perhaps a distinctive experience that combines both elements. To our knowledge, such fusing of innovative exploration and impact provides an opportunity unique amongst our sister honors programs and colleges.

Secondary Priorities:

  • Junior and Senior Scholarships for Professional Conference Presentations - $225,000
    These scholarships for students in their junior and senior year would reward students for making continuous progress towards completing their Honors Diploma and would provide students opportunities to resent original work at local, regional, and national conferences, further enhancing their research and scholarly activity as undergraduate students. This endowed fund would annually provide at least 10 students with awards at $1,000 per award.
  • Completion Scholarships for Thesis Expenses - $175,000
    Completing a thesis may require students to take on additional costs (travel, supplies, equipment, etc.) to complete their project. This award would help defray those costs thus encouraging students to complete the thesis requirement and expand the scope of their projects. This endowed fund would annually provide at least 10 students with awards of up to $750 each for assistance in completing their thesis work.
  • Honors First-Year Mentored Research Program - $125,000
    Faculty members will mentor Honors College second-semester students in research methods and processes. This endowed fund will provide roughly $5,000 per year to supplement costs (equipment, materials, etc.) for various departments associated with the mentored research.
  • Peer Mentoring Program - $50,000
    This fund would strengthen the Peer Mentoring program providing mentors with resources to engage their mentees in purposeful support, guidance, and personal development activities outside of the classroom. While currently not funded formally, this fund would provide roughly $2,250 per year to support the activities of the peer mentors.
  • Honors Undergraduate Associates - $50,000
    This fund would increase leadership opportunities for Honors College students by establishing the Honors Undergraduate Associates who would be tasked with training and supporting all peer mentors and reviewing the content of HONR 100 and HONR 300. This fund would provide support to four undergraduate associates at $500 per year.
  • Outstanding Honors First-Year Award - $100,000
    This award recognizes first-year students who have been active and made recognizable contributions in the life of Honors College, including the honors curriculum. This fund would annually provide at least nine awards at $500 per award.

Honors College Champions

  • Tim Berg - Assistant Professor of Honors Humanities
  • Don Gilman – Professor of French, Emeritus
  • Tony and Joanne Edmonds – Distinguished Professor of History, Emeritus/Assistant Dean of Honors College, Emerita

To advance the Honors College and support deserving students, complete our online giving form or explore your other options.

Last year, the Miller College of Business celebrated 50 years of molding students into adaptable, critical thinkers and responsible, informed citizens. A nationally, top-ranked business school, the Miller College of Business is known for its student-centered, professionally connected approach. Gifts to the college will support scholarships and internships for deserving students.


  • Centers of Excellence
    The various Miller College of Business academic centers are a vital part of our student’s education. Our centers are intensive tools that allow our students real-world opportunities that strengthens the college experience, and helps make them more fully prepared for life after Ball State. Funds to these centers support collaboration with corporate and external partners, internships, scholarships, software maintenance, and funding for local and national competitions.
    • Entrepreneurship Center
    • Center for Household Debt & Financial Literacy
    • Kent C. "Oz" Nelson Logistics and Supply Chain Management Center
    • Professional Selling and Sales Management Center
    • Social Media Command Center
  • Dean’s Fund for Excellence
    The Dean’s Fund for Excellence is an operational fund for the college, which allows the dean the resources to anticipate all of the opportunities that might occur in a given year. The fund provides the resources necessary to provide the highest quality educational services for students and the best opportunities to fund creative development for faculty. Potential investments include development of external funding, supplementary support, marketing for the college, staffing assistance, lecture series, etc. These investments model prudent risk-taking and are part of the entrepreneurial ethos that Ball State seeks to create in its refreshed academic endeavors.
  • Student Internship Support Fund
    Innovative, real-world experiences distinguish a Miller College of Business education, and internships with external partners are vital for students to gain the skills and professional connections they need to succeed. Supporting internships is an investment in students’ lives—supporting the experiences that influence their outlook and passion for their chosen profession and our world.
  • Endowed Freshmen Scholarships: $25,000+
    Scholarships draw and retain the nation’s top students and provide access to higher education for deserving undergraduates who might not otherwise be able to afford college. Because of you, hard-working, bright students will be able to focus on their education as they build the foundation for a successful career.

To advance the Miller College of Business and support deserving students, complete our online giving form or explore your other options.

Ball State’s Teachers College, which consistently ranks among the best in the nation, prepares professionals and leaders committed to educating and supporting our future. Top-notch classroom training is paired with meaningful experiential learning and critical research opportunities for the next generation of counselors, psychologists, technologists, administrators, researchers, and those involved in curriculum development and special education.


  • Student Support (Scholarships and Student Research)
    Scholarships attract today’s brightest and most creative students driven to make an impact on the lives of their students and communities for years to come. The opportunity to engage in meaningful undergraduate and graduate research also draws top students to our programs. Your support of scholarships and student research helps us to recruit bright and curious students from the nation’s high schools, colleges, and universities, as well as ensures current scholars and professionals to explore and promote the best methods of educating the next generation.
  • Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder
    By working to elevate the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder to a nationally recognized program, we can help close critical gaps in services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) so that these daughters and sons can live productive and fulfilling lives. Your investment in the center continues operations and research in the areas of parent and teacher training, research training for professionals and students, workforce development, employment assessment, and a summer camp.
  • The Alliance for Community-Engaged Teacher Preparation
    This national hub for innovation—housed within the Department of Elementary Education—provides research, consultation, and training to faculty, universities, schools, and communities seeking to develop or refine teacher preparation programs to be more culturally relevant and community engaged. Funds raised will establish an endowment to support the Alliance’s mission to educate and empower teachers and communities throughout the world.
  • Endowed Professorships in Educational Leadership & Educational Studies
    Faculty members create the transformative experiences that assist students with reaching new levels of success. Through the creation of distinguished professorships, Teachers College will attract leaders in the field, thus enhancing the reputation and reach of our programs, research, and students. Investment in leading professors encourages excellence and promotes innovation amongst their students and colleagues.
  • Dean’s Fund for Excellence
    Support of this fund promotes excellence in teaching, scholarship, research, and service. The fund fuels community outreach efforts, student scholarships, student and faculty research, educational technology, educational policy modifications, and promotion of the college both nationally and internationally.
  • Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities
    The academy is a distinct two-year, public residential high school for 300 of the state’s brightest juniors and seniors. Driven to ensure access, the institution strives to keep costs low, but the combination of fees for housing, technology, and dual credit are increasingly burdensome for some Hoosier families. Contributions will directly support student aid and fund enriching educational experiences abroad and international student exchanges, as well as technology updates.
  • Burris Laboratory School
    The Teachers College established Burris in 1929 to provide valuable teaching and learning experiences for Ball State students while steadfastly guiding each K-12 learner toward realization of his or her full potential. Your support will enhance Burris’ exemplary educational experience, including the areas of technology, the arts, athletics, and the library, while helping to alleviate financial burdens of students in need.

To advance Teachers College and support deserving students, complete our online giving form or explore your other options.