The Whitinger Scholarship is the signature scholarship of the Honors College and is the most prestigious scholarship awarded by Ball State University, honoring 8 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 (a typical DeHority Complex shared double with the 14 meal/week plan) for eight semesters as an undergraduate at Ball State. Students who receive another merit based scholarship from the university (Presidential Scholarship, Ball State Scholars Award, etc.) will have that award apply to tuition and fees first and the Whitinger will apply to remaining tuition and fee charges, as well as on-campus room and board.
Requirements include returning the written application, an on-campus conversation with the director of the program or a representative of the committee, and a spontaneous essay.
Scholarship recipients are selected by committee based on their academic ability, character, creativity, and potential for leadership.
Eligibility for consideration includes:
- Apply to the Honors College at Ball State University by the priority deadline of November 16.
- Be accepted to Ball State University and its Honors College.
- Complete the Indiana Academic Honors Diploma or an equivalent curriculum if you are not from Indiana.
- Earn a 3.85 or higher high school grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
HOW TO APPLY
Honors College applicants who qualify for the award will receive application materials by email on file with their Ball State application after applying to Ball State and the Honors College by the priority deadline of November 16.
All applicants are personally responsible for submitting their completed applications to the director of the program by noon December 6. Specific information is on the application form. We will not accept self-nominations or applications or nominations from schools.
We will notify finalists on or before December 18 to schedule an on-campus visit. All interviews must be completed by January 31.