TCOM alumni and friends have always been incredibly generous with their time and talent. You speak to classes and facilitate on-campus workshops. You regularly hire TCOM student interns and refer students to their first industry jobs. You give grads new in town a place to crash and help connect them to the professionals in your network. TCOM alumni really are the best, and we couldn’t do it without your help.
Today, we are asking for your continued generosity and support with the financial needs of our students in four areas:
- Steve Bell Memorial Scholarship for Ethics in News Reporting #7413: You can help endow this new scholarship created by the Bell family following Steve's passing in January of this year. Steve Bell was a 30-year veteran of ABC News, the first news anchor of ABC's "Good Morning America," and TCOM's first Ed and Virginia Ball Endowed Chair. He served in that position from 1992 through 1997, then continued to teach in the TCOM news concentration through 2008. Many alums may have had Steve as their instructor in TCOM 408, Media Ethics and Social Responsibility. His dedication to ethical journalism will be honored with this new scholarship that will be awarded annually to a TCOM news student who demonstrates inside and outside the classroom the ethics espoused by Steve. It takes $25,000 to endow a scholarship; your donation will help us remember one of TCOM's most beloved professors.
- Tools of the Trade: The TCOM Equipment Refurbishment Fund (#7401) TCOM alumni know the department always has boasted students can get their hands on equipment as a freshman. Those of you working in the business know that changes in technology mean changes in equipment. A current TCOM student who's involved in a major immersion project today likely will have the chance to work with equipment valued at around $100,000. Help today's students have the same opportunities you did by donating to this fund so we can keep our equipment and facilities state-of-the-art.
- TCOM Student Professional Development Fund #7450 Monies from this fund will be used to support student professional development not covered by other funding sources. Projects supported will include:
- Media site trips, image consultations, certification programs, CRM software needs, and conference travel for Sales and Promotion Students
- Academic and industry conference fees and travel for Film and Media Studies students
- Submission fees for industry and academic awards for all majors
Sports Link Legacy Scholarship Fund #7457: Ball State Sports Link, the nation’s first digital sports production program, announced its first fundraising campaign to create a Sports Link Legacy Scholarship. As the program commemorates its 10th anniversary and Ball State celebrates its Centennial year, the $25,000 target will endow the first Sports Link Legacy Scholarship. Endowed funds are permanent funds, creating a true legacy that will impact students for generations to come. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving student or students.