David Letterman started a scholarship in 1985 for Ball State students with a media major or minor.
He graduated in 1969 from what is now the Department of Media. A self-described average student, Letterman based his scholarship primarily on creativity, not grades.
Applying students must submit a creative project, such as writing, research, interactive media, computer graphics, or websites.
Awards go to a winner and two runners up:
- Winner: $10,000
- First runner-up: $5,000
- Second runner-up: $3,333
Besides submitting a creative project, students need to meet the following criteria:
- have between 30 and 102 total credit hours at the end of the fall semester before applying
- have a major or minor in media
- be enrolled in at least 12 hours of media courses at the time of applying
- continue as a full-time student the semester after receiving the scholarship