Topics: Scholarships, Alumni

June 8, 2007

A scholarship program to assist African-American students at Ball State has been established by university alumni.

The Aaron B. and LaVon S. Floyd and Dr. Levan R. Scott Scholarship was created with a $50,000 gift from the Floyd family. The scholarship will provide financial assistance to incoming full-time students with a preference for African-Americans from Indiana.

Aaron Floyd, a retired Air Force colonel, is a distinguished Ball State alumnus and an entrepreneur-in-residence for the Miller College of Business. He is the founder of two information technology firms and is an active member of several professional and social organizations.

Floyd's wife, LaVon, was raised in Muncie and attended Ball State. She is the daughter of Levan Scott, who received his bachelor's and doctorate degrees from Ball State.

Scott was an educator and administrator in Fort Wayne, where he was the city's first black assistant school superintendent. A middle school, the Levan R. Scott Academy, was named in his honor in 2000.

To qualify, students must have an academic index of 3.0 and an SAT score of 1,500 on the new scoring system. The scholarship may be renewed for an additional three years provided the student continues to meet the criteria.

Availability of this scholarship fund is dependent upon an award selection process established by Ball State and its academic departments. For specifics, contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at (765) 285-5600 or visit

 By Jody Kress