When we talk about the Ball family, we often talk about the five Ball brothers and their legacy of philanthropy. With the creation of this new fund, we are looking to honor the outstanding women of the Ball family and their descendants, who have always been active visionaries and contributors to our community. We honor women like the oldest of the Ball siblings, Lucina Ball, who was an educational leader at a time when women were just starting to make major contributions as higher education leaders, and like Virginia B. Ball, the beloved wife of Ed Ball and a community-engaged leader, who had a vision for the continued education and professional development for women who were employed by our University.
There has been a long history of women who have served Ball State University in their roles as administrative, support, and service staff members. They have given much to our students, faculty, and administrators. They have an important and unique role in helping our University bring forth its goals.
To honor the legacy of the women of the Ball family and to provide new professional development opportunities, this fund will award professional development scholarships to eligible female identifying staff members throughout the University to further sharpen their skills, talents, and leadership abilities.
Please join us in supporting those women who have helped make this institution great and give today to the Women of the Ball Family Fund.