Honors College

Our Mission: to Empower Extraordinary Scholars 

 

A sophomore collaborates with faculty mentors to develop an individualized degree program that blends her passions for music and health care. Junior peer mentors guide first-year students to pursue fellowship and undergraduate research opportunities available through the Honors College. A senior presents the results of her capstone project to a national audience, results that she completed working one-on-one with a faculty expert. These are a few of the experiences that distinguish an Honors College education--- focused on nurturing informed citizens, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. 

 

Gifts made to the college directly benefit dedicated, deserving students engaged in stimulating, one-of-a-kind courses and research within our supportive community. Your investment has both immediate and life-long impact. Here are a few of their voices: 

 

“The Honors College has provided me with so many opportunities for growth including fellowships, attending and presenting at regional and national conferences, taking interesting and engaging courses that encourage me to expand my thinking, and being a part of a true community. Through several changes in my major and my future plans, the Honors College was my constant.” (Jamie, a senior from the Indianapolis area) 

“I can honestly say that the honors curriculum transformed my college career as I shaped, sculpted, and reshaped my perspectives, values, and engagement in the world. I have personally benefited from enriching relationships, both professional and personal, with fellow students and faculty alike. I had ample opportunities and support to expand my horizons, travel and present at conferences, and conduct research through Honors Undergraduate Fellowships. Life truly is all of what you make it. The world is your oyster, and the Honors College can provide you a platform to personal and professional growth unmatched in other settings. Take notice of those Honors College students around you; they will be the leaders of tomorrow.” (Jon, a recent first-generation graduate from southern Indiana)

Whitinger Scholars

The Whitinger Scholarship is the signature scholarship of the Honors College and is the most prestigious scholarship awarded by Ball State University, honoring 10 exceptionally talented students each year. Established in 1976, the scholarship is supported by academic programs, social activities, and special opportunities as well as the funds for the scholarship itself.

 

The Whitinger Scholarship covers full tuition (in-state or out-of-state), mandatory University fees (those which apply automatically to all students), and on-campus room and board for eight semesters as an undergraduate at Ball State.

 

Emens Scholars

The Emens Scholars form a lively community of leaders on campus. Recipients of this fund actively participate in academic and extracurricular activities and were leaders in high school and their local community. The Emens Leadership Scholarship is open to both in-state and out-of-state students. In recent years the value of the scholarship has been one-half the amount of in-state tuition. Six to ten new scholarships have been awarded each year to incoming freshmen. These awards are for eight semesters and are subject to an annual review of the student’s leadership and academic progress.

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College Leaderboard
The college with the most gifts by midnight receives $2,000 to further impact students.
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The First 5 Areas to Receive a Gift get $500
One Ball State Day, 24-hours of inspiration and impact, starts now. The first 5 areas to receive a gift will each receive $500 in challenge funds.
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Diversity Challenge
Upon the Multicultural Center receiving 50 gifts, $1,000 will be unlocked for that area.
50 Gift Goal
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$1,000
Spirit Challenge
Upon the Pride of Mid-America Marching Band receiving 50 gifts, $1,000 will be unlocked for that area.
50 Gift Goal
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$1,000
Knowledge Challenge
Upon the University Libraries receiving 50 gifts, $1,000 will be unlocked for that area.
50 Gift Goal
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Paint the U.S. Cardinal Red
Gifts from all 50 states unlocks $25,000 from the Alumni Council
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Social Distancing Selfie
How are you, Cardinals? We're thinking of you. Share your quarantine selfie with us for a chance to win a Ball State prize pack!
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International Gift Challenge
The first international alum to make a gift on One Ball State Day will get to designate $1,000 in challenge funds to the academic department of their choice.
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Ball State Student Challenge
Hey Ball State students, post a video to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and share how gifts on One Ball State Day will help you! Be sure to use #OneBallState. One of you will get a chance to designate $500 to the academic department of your choice! Some of you will also get One Ball State Day prize packs.
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Bill Jenkins Drag Performance Challenge
If 150 current Ball State students give to Theatre and Dance on one Ball State Day, Bill Jenkins will do a fully realized (costumes, makeup, etc.) "lip-synched drag performance" on social media to whatever song the students select.
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Bill Jenkins Challenge to Students & Parents
If 250 current Ball State students and/or parents of current Ball State students give to Theatre and Dance on one Ball State Day, Bill Jenkins will ALSO dye his hair pink and unveil it to the students on the first day of fall semester classes
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Theatre & Dance Alumni Society Challenge
The Theatre and Dance Alumni Society has dedicated an additional $1,000 gift to the Department if at least 150 Ball State alumni give to any Theatre and Dance account
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Ball State University Foundation Employee Challenge
If the Foundation reaches 100% employee participation, Jean Crosby and Jake Logan will each give $500.
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Student Affairs Employee Challenge
VP Ro-Anne Royer Engle will match gifts from Student Affairs employees for a total of up to $1,000.
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Special Education Faculty Challenge
If 50% of Special Education faculty donate, David McIntosh will donate $500 to the TEACH Lab.
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Special Education Student Challenge #1
If 100 students give to the Special Ed department, the TEACH Lab, or the Center for Autism, Mrs. Bales will wear a costume to class this fall.
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Special Education Student Challenge #2
If 200 students give, to the Special Ed department, the TEACH Lab, or the Center for Autism, Dr. Koch will take a pie in the face.
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Special Education Student Challenge #3
If 300 students give, to the Special Ed department, the TEACH Lab, or the Center for Autism, Dr. Craig will wear a costume to class for a week this fall.
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