Student Life

The Office of Student Life (OSL) creates an extraordinary, transformative experience that promotes the leadership, personal and social success of Ball State students. Through the coordination of Excellence in Leadership, developing community service opportunities and supporting over 400 student organizations we engage our students to enhance a variety of career-oriented and leadership-based skills and competencies that benefit them as they look to step into new leadership positions, apply to internships and jobs, and much more!


Supporting our students comes in many forms. We often look to expand the programs and services offered to students. And other times our students need a little extra help to earn their degree through scholarships. You can be the difference in someone's life.


Why we need your support:

Your gifts enrich the student experience by improving the resources we offer. OSL dedicated to helping students succeed through high-impact practices and innovative co-curricular activities.


How you can help:

Contributing to a foundation fund is one way to help the Office of Student Life.


Greatest Needs – Leadership and Service Programs Unrestricted Fund:

Giving to our greatest needs enhances the student experience by supporting leadership and service opportunities for all Ball State students.

Your gift helps us plan programs, including leadership conferences, presidents' retreats, student leader workshops, alternative spring break activities, the Excellence in Leadership Speaker Series, CliftonStrengths workshops, staff development, and serve our greatest needs as they arise based on the University's mission and strategic plan.


Undergraduate Student Leadership Scholarship: 

This scholarship rewards students who show skills in motivating others in and out of the classroom. Students who have served in student leadership roles in student organizations, fraternities, sororities, mentorship programs, sports clubs, intramural teams, and a number of co-curricular programs are eligible to apply. Students who have received this scholarship have demonstrated their ability to lead a team of peers and accomplish and/or contribute to short/long term goals of an organization or program that contributes to the student experience on Ball State University's campus.


Tom and Pam Smith Scholarship:

The Tom and Pam Smith Scholarship was developed for students studying teacher education or business. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale; demonstrated financial need; involvement in community service related activities and returning to Ball State University in the next academic year. Many students who have received this scholarship have been apart of immersive learning projects, served as a program coordinator in Student Voluntary Services, and/or lead service-based student organizations to positively contribute to the Muncie and Delaware County community.


Hiatt/Wickham Scholarship:

The award, established in honor of Thelma Hiatt and Martha Wickham, is available to students who complete the Phase 1 of Excellence in Leadership (EIL) and are willing to commit to the Phase 2 of the program and serve as an Ambassador. Students who have received this scholarship have gone on to serve as Leadership Ambassadors, earned the Leadership Studies Minor, lead student organizations, and excelled both in and out of the classroom.

Ball State Unit or Org with the Most Gifts
The Ball State unit/org with the most gifts on April 9 will receive an additional $6,000 for their department/org 2nd place = $3,000 3rd place = $1,500
Rank Prize Department Gifts
Student Life Match
Director of Student Life, Jim Hague, will match gifts to non-Greek student organizations up to $500 with the matching dollars going to Student Life Programs, which benefits all Ball State student orgs.
Amount Raised Leaderboard
Which area will raise the most on One Ball State Day? Make a gift to your favorite area of the University to help keep them flying high at the top of the leaderboard!
Rank Campus unit/fund Raised
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Ball State's Greatest Needs Student Scholarships Athletics College of Architecture & Planning College of Communication, Information, and Media College of Fine Arts College of Health College of Sciences & Humanities Honors College Miller College of Business Teachers College Accounting Alumni Association Anthropology Architecture Army ROTC Ball State Student Media Beta Phi Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Biology Black Alumni Constituent Society Black Student Association Bowen Center for Public Affairs Burris Laboratory School Cardinal Kitchen Career Center Center for Information & Communication Sciences Charles W. Brown Planetarium/Physics & Astronomy Chemistry Communication Studies Computer Science Construction Management Counseling Center Counseling Psychology | Social Psych & Counseling Criminal Justice & Criminology David Owsley Museum of Art Department of Marketing | CADMA Disability Services Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies Economics Educational Leadership Educational Psychology & D.E.S.K. Elementary Education Emens Auditorium English Entrepreneurship Center Finance & Insurance Geography Geological Sciences Graduate School Greek Life History Indiana Academy ISOM Journalism Landscape Architecture Logistics & Supply Chain Management Center Management Mathematical Sciences MBA | Master of Business Administration Miller Business Honors Program Modern Languages & Classics Natural Resources & Environmental Management NESTT Learning Labs Nutrition & Health Science Parents Fund Philosophy & Religious Studies Political Science Pride of Mid-America Marching Band Psychological Science Rinard Orchid Greenhouse Rinker Center for International Programs School of Art School of Kinesiology School of Music School of Nursing Schools Within the Context of Community Social Work Sociology Special Education Spectrum Speech Pathology & Audiology Sports Link Student Affairs Student Life Student Voluntary Services Telecommunications Theatre & Dance University Libraries University Police Department University Singers Urban Planning Women of the Ball Family Fund Women's & Gender Studies