If you receive scholarships from sources other than Ball State, you must notify the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.  Examples of these funds are awards sponsored by civic groups, businesses, high school parent-teacher organizations, sororities, and service organizations. Please complete our Outside Scholarship Donor Form and submit it each time you send scholarship funds to Ball State University. 

Scholarship checks from outside organizations should either be mailed to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships or hand delivered to Cardinal Central as soon as possible to ensure timely processing.  After Ball State received the funds, the scholarship will be credited to your account with Student Financial Services (unless you need to sign the check).  Scholarship funds will be applied to university charges once the money is on deposit with Ball State.  The scholarship may be used only for those expenses designated by the donor.

With the exception of awards of $500 or less, funds will be divided into two equal parts with half of the scholarship to be used each semester (unless otherwise stipulated by the donor).  We will assume that at least half-time attendance is required, unless the donor provides information stating otherwise. Questions regarding use and renewal of the scholarship should be directed to the donor. Scholarships are considered resources, which may affect other financial aid.

Also, please read our web page Protecting Yourself and Your Money during the financial aid process for additional information about "Protecting Your Identity" and "Scholarship Scams" to be aware of.

Explore the sections below for potential scholarship opportunities:



Although we screen these listings to eliminate any offers that do not appear to be legitimate, inclusion in this list does not indicate an endorsement or recommendation of any kind. Students should review all scholarship information carefully, especially before submitting an application fee of any kind.


BigFuture Scholarship Search is a free, searchable database to locate scholarships, internships, grants, and loans that match your education level, talents, and background. This scholarship search claims students will find potential opportunities from a database of more than 2,200 sources of college funding, totaling nearly $6 billion in available aid.

Careeronestop.org Scholarship Finder

Search more than 8,000 scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other financial aid award opportunities. You can:

  • Look through the whole list of scholarships below, arranged in order of closest deadline
  • Narrow your list with "Search by keyword." Enter a keyword about the type of award you're looking for
  • Use the filters to see only awards for certain award types, locations, level of study, and more

College Toolkit

College Toolkit contains a database of scholarship opportunities for students to search and offers online application forms for select scholarships.


FastWeb claims to be the leading online resource in finding scholarships to help you pay for school..

GoodCall Scholarship Search

GoodCall is a database the lets you filter scholarship search results and more base on criteria such as academic interests or demographics.

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

This site has resources for Hispanic students. HACU fulfills its mission by:
  • promoting the development of member colleges and universities
  • improving access to and the quality of postsecondary educational opportunities for Hispanic students
  • meeting the needs of businesses, industry, and government through the development and sharing of resources, information and expertise


Military.com has resources and information for in assisting paying for your education.

Peterson’s Scholarship Search

Peterson’s Scholarship Search is database provided by the college guide publisher. It is one of the largest undergraduate scholarship databases available. It connects students with more than 1.9 million scholarships, grants, and awards worth nearly $10 billion.

Scholarship Search by Sallie Mae®

Scholarship Search by Sallie Mae® is the free, easy way for students to find scholarship opportunities that match their skills and interests, with access to 6 million scholarships worth up to $30 billion.

One winner is drawn every month as part of the Sallie Mae $1,000 Monthly Sweepstakes!  Just register for Scholarship Search and you’re entered.

Here’s how it works:

  • Students register for free.
  • They answer a few questions about themselves, creating a custom profile.
  • Scholarship Search serves up scholarships based on the student’s skills, hobbies, interests, and more.
  • Students can receive email alerts when new matches are posted and update their profile any time.

Scholarship Experts

Scholarship Experts has a database containing over 3.6 million awards worth over $14 billion.


ScholarshipHelp.org is a website that educates students about scholarship access and the necessary requirements for achieving maximum financial aid. It also provides information, free of charge, to help students avoid scholarship scam artists and misleading authors who promise “secrets” to what is essentially publicly available information.

SoFi Scholarship Search Engine

Search thousands of scholarships, grants, and other aid award opportunities.

  • Look through the entire list of scholarships below, arranged in order of closest deadline
  • Narrow your list with "Search by keyword"
  • Use the filters to see only awards for certain award types, locations, level of study, and more