Topics: Alumni, Administrative, Teachers College

November 8, 2010

Ball State alumnus Charles Cox has donated more than $759,000 from his estate to the Ball State University Foundation to continue funding the scholarship created in honor of his wife, Janice Cox. 

The Janice E. Cox Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for incoming freshmen majoring in early childhood education. The award recognizes the Coxes' dedication to the teaching profession.

Born in Logansport, Ind., Janice Cox earned her bachelor's degree in history and political science from Ball State in 1968. She then earned her master's degree in history from Ball State in 1969. She was a teacher at Hite-Saunders Elementary School in Huntington, W.Va.

Charles Cox, born in Terre Haute, Ind., earned his doctorate of education from Ball State's College of Sciences and Humanities. He was a professor of history at Marshall University, where he received a distinguished service award in 2001.

Recipients of the Janice E. Cox Scholarship must be incoming freshmen or transfer students majoring in early childhood education with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale and an SAT score of 1,000 out of 1,600 or 1,500 out of 2,400. Availability of the scholarship is dependent upon an award selection process established by Ball State and its academic departments. For specifics about this scholarship, contact the elementary education department at 765-285-8560.

For more information about this gift and others at Ball State, contact the Ball State University Foundation at 765-285-8315 or visit

By Chanel Richards