Ball State University Spring 2021 graduate Karleigh Conner, of Maineville, Ohio, has been awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in recognition of her accomplishments in academics, athletics, extracurricular activities, and community service. 

A member of Ball State’s track and field and cross country teams, Ms. Conner was one of only 21 female Spring sport athletes nationwide to receive this $10,000 scholarship. 

“For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a school psychologist,” Ms. Conner said. “With the help from the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, I will be able to spend the next two years working toward that goal while being fully invested and committed to becoming the best student advocate I can become. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue my education in graduate school and learn all that I can about supporting students with disabilities.” 

Ms. Conner completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychological Science, with minors in Spanish, Interpersonal Relations, Psychology of Human Development, and Autism Spectrum Disorders from Ball State—graduating summa cum laude. She has begun the second year of Ball State’s combined Master of Arts/Specialist in Education in School Psychology program. Ms. Conner plans to become a school psychologist, with the eventual goal of becoming director of special education for a school district. 

As a student at Ball State, Ms. Conner has dedicated more than 1,000 hours to serving and leading others through various organizations, including Training U Farther & Faster (TUFF) Camp in Ohio, Fellowship of Christian Athletes/Athletes in Action, and Ball State’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee, among others. 

As a long-distance runner, Ms. Conner holds the fourth-fastest time in Ball State’s record books for the outdoor 800m. She was named to the Academic All-Mid-American Conference (MAC) team three times each in track and cross country.