Financially challenged Ball State University students
studying to become K-12 math and art teachers are eligible for new scholarships,
thanks to the generosity of the late Bill and Evelyn Stokes.
Last Fall, the William and Evelyn Stokes Foundation
reached an agreement with the Ball State University Foundation to
give $1 million in scholarships over the next four years to an unspecified
number of students who demonstrate financial need.
The agreement gives Ball State’s Teachers College the
discretion to distribute scholarship funds to help students pay for tuition,
books and technology expenses, course fees, and housing. Most of the
funding—$800,000—will go toward math education students, while the remainder
will support art education students.
“Bill was always very grateful for the education he
received at Ball State,” said Jim Wehrly, president of the William and Evelyn
Stokes Foundation. “It helped propel him into a very exciting and fulfilling
career as a teacher of middle school mathematics and as a publisher of
classroom materials. It would give Bill and Evelyn, who was an accomplished
painter, great pleasure to assist under-resourced students preparing to teach
mathematics or art to have the same opportunity.”
“We are extremely grateful to the William and Evelyn
Stokes Foundation for its thoughtful generosity,” said Dr. Anand Marri, dean
of Ball State’s Teachers College. “As a proud graduate, Bill Stokes used the
education he received at Ball State University to transform communities near
and far. That legacy will live on through these new scholarships, which will
provide our students preparing to become math and art teachers an even more
accessible and affordable education.”
Bill Stokes earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Education
from Ball State Teachers College in the 1950s and was a member of Lambda Chi
Alpha fraternity. He taught middle school math in Los Angeles and Los Altos in
California, and in Germany for Department of Defense Schools.
In 1972, Mr. and Mrs. Stokes established the Stokes Publishing
Company, which published books and manufactured classroom teaching tools. In
1979, Mr. Stokes patented the unique Overhead Calculator, providing teachers
the capability to project both the calculator display and the entire calculator
keyboard for ease of instruction by using any standard overhead projector.
Mrs. Stokes passed away in 2002. Mr. Stokes passed away
To see a complete list of all scholarships offered to
students in the departments of Early Childhood, Youth and Family Studies;
Educational Leadership; Educational Psychology; Educational Studies; Elementary
Education; and Special Education, visit the Teachers College website. To learn how to fund your
favorite Ball State programs, contact the Ball State Foundation or visit bsu.edu/foundation.