Each year, we select one student for the John R. Emens Award. This honor recognizes the most outstanding senior student for their cumulative record of co-curricular achievement, leadership, and contributions to Ball State University during their undergraduate years.


Ball State University students who meet all of the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • graduating senior during the current academic year (e.g., Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Summer 2023)
  • nominated by another student, faculty member, staff member, or campus organization, who submits a letter of nomination
  • submit a completed nomination packet by the established deadline
  • in good standing

Basis of Selection

The award committee will discuss and consider the following for all nominees:

  • record of contributions and service
  • short answer
  • letter of nomination
  • academic performance

The most outstanding nominees, identified using the criteria above, will be invited for an interview with the selection committee.

Nominees who progress to the interview stage of the selection process will be evaluated on the above criteria, as well as the quality of their interview.

Contributions and Service

Nominees may establish their contributions in leadership and service to the university in areas including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Athletics
  • Competitive Activities
  • Departmental Activities
  • Student Organizations
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • Multicultural Organizations
  • Political Organizations
  • Publications
  • Religious Groups
  • Governmental Activity
  • Campus Employment

Evaluation Criteria

The criteria used to evaluate students’ records of contributions and service to Ball State University include:

breadth and depth of contributions – Have not only a range of contributions and service experiences, but also establish the quality of those contributions and experiences.

accomplishments within organizational and leadership roles –Demonstrate accomplishments within their organizations and leadership roles.

impact of contributions – Articulate the positive impact their contributions have had on the university and students. 

quality and clarity of response – Write well, thoughtfully, and clearly.

content – Appropriately reflect the prompt and answer the questions posed.

support of application – Support and compliment the overall application.

Selection Committee

The Committee is composed of professionals, faculty, and students appointed by the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services.

Committee members are representative of multiple areas including:

  • Office of the President
  • Student Affairs
  • Academic Affairs
  • Admissions
  • University Governance
  • Student Governance Association
  • Residence Hall Association

Nominate and Apply

Nominator completes Nominator Form using Benny Link. 

  • Sign-in to Benny Link using BSU credentials 
  • Go to "Forms" tab at the top of the page
  • Type "John" in the search box
  • Choose "Nominator Form"

Nominee completes Application Form using Benny Link

  • Sign-in to Benny Link using BSU credentials 
  • Go to "Forms" tab at the top of the page
  • Type "John" in the search box
  • Choose "Nominee Application"

Completed nomination and application materials must be submitted by Sunday, March 19, 2023 at 5 p.m.


Nominate someone   Apply for the award