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Are you looking for a way to make a difference and be part of a powerful group of female influencers? 

Discovery is a women’s collaborative philanthropic group created to support and fund innovative projects and programs at Ball State University – impacting students and benefiting our local, national, and international communities. 

About Discovery

Since being established in 2002, Discovery has granted $1 million and supported more than 45 projects and programs at Ball State.

Discovery directors and members are part of a collaborative philanthropic group that works with University administrators to select and support high profile Ball State projects. Grant allocations range from $10,000 to $25,000. Members receive progress reports from grant recipients and participate in the Annual Meeting, grant selection gatherings, tours of funded projects, and the holiday reception.

Join Discovery

Memberships and Grant Selection Votes

  • Full Members make a gift of $1,000 or more annually and are entitled to two votes.
  • Associate Members make a gift of $500–$999 annually and are entitled to one vote.
  • Supporting Members make a gift of $250–$499 annually and are entitled to half a vote.
  • Discovery gifts of $1,000+ earn you placement in the Ball State University Foundation’s Leaders & Loyals.

Learn more or apply for membership to the Discovery Women's Group by contacting Lola Mauer, associate vice president of strategy, Ball State University Foundation.

Apply for a Discovery Grant

To be eligible for a grant, Discovery will consider funding for: specialized equipment, student assistant wages, graduate assistantships, program administrative costs, and summer stipend (salary is capped at $2,500 plus additional fringe benefits). Discovery will not consider funding for: faculty overloads, computer equipment, general office equipment, or indirect costs. Maximum grant requests may be up to $25,000, and a Project Director may hold one Discovery award per fiscal year. Visit our application page for more information.