Social Work

This scholarship is being established in recognition of Dr. Dolon's contributions to Ball State, the department, and students throughout his career. He joined the faculty in 1971 and has been teaching students the fundamental skills needed to practice social work throughout his time within the department. Nearly every graduate of our program has had Dr. Dolon at some point in their time within the major. His research focuses on interpersonal violence, humor as stress management, and older adults. This fund would be used to provide financial assistance to students in our graduate program who choose to focus on working with older adults.



Guardian Scholars Program

The Guardian Scholars Program is designed for Ball State students who have experienced foster care. The Guardian Scholars program provides not only scholarship support but also a variety of postsecondary support and referral services to help recipients achieve their goal of a baccalaureate degree. Currently, only 1/3 of Guardian Scholars receive scholarship support from our program. We utilize grants and donations to provide student support services and scholarships for this vulnerable population. Nationally, less than 13% of foster care students will enroll in college while less than 2% of students from the foster care system graduate with a baccalaureate degree. Our program seeks to eliminate these barriers for students in the foster care system by providing services like academic coaching, events, and activities that focus on academic and social integration (which have a positive impact on retention and graduation).



Your support will help students like Savannah (above), who was a Guardian Scholar and scholarship recipient, as she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology with three concentrations in Zoology, Wildlife Biology and Conservation, and Field Botany in Spring 2018. She is now working as a Naturalist for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Guardian Scholars program helped Savannah earn an additional $19,000 in scholarship funding, complete four internships, and receive 13 awards and recognition. She stays connected as an alumnus of Ball State and the Guardian Scholars program, being a role model and advocate for her peers that also experienced time in the foster care system.


Peers like Amanda, a current Guardian Scholars student and scholarship recipient, who is a third-year Nursing student in the College of Health. It is with the support of donors and alumni that students from foster care can graduate with a successful future.


Please consider making a contribution to provide additional scholarship opportunities and student support services to the remaining Guardian Scholars students!




Early Bird Challenge
Congratulations to Associate Professor, Elizabeth Agnew, for winning $2,000 to donate to Religious Studies!
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1,918th Gift
The 1,918th gift will unlock $20,000 for student scholarships!
1,918 / 1,918 Gifts
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
1 $6,000 Theatre & Dance 747
2 $3,000 Athletics 623
3 $1,500 Ball State's Greatest Needs 168
4 Greek Life 119
5 Student Scholarships 88
Academic Dept Participation Leaderboard
Which academic department will have most gifts on One Ball State Day? Make a gift to your department to help keep them at the top of the leaderboard!
Rank Departments Gifts
1 Theatre & Dance 747
2 Center for Information & Communication Sciences 88
3 Communication Studies 68
4 Telecommunications 62
5 Journalism 60
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
1 Athletics $66,023.77
2 Theatre & Dance $19,328.27
3 Ball State's Greatest Needs $16,322.32
4 Charles W. Brown Planetarium/Physics & Astronomy $11,680.00
5 Teachers College $10,963.32
1,000 Gifts
1,000 gifts will unlock a gift of $1,000 from ’06 grad, Scott Wenclewicz.
1,000 / 1,000 Gifts
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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