Topics: College of Sciences and Humanities, Scholarships, Honors College

May 8, 2012

Ball State University student Ellen Weld is among more than 280 students nationwide to receive a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. She was selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,123 mathematics, science and engineering students nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities around the country.

Weld is a junior in the Honors College, majoring in mathematics major with a minor in Spanish. She plans to earn her doctorate in mathematics and wants to teach at the university level and conduct research in the branch of mathematics known as combinatorics, which is loosely described as the science of counting. She is one of the six Indiana college students receiving Goldwater Scholarships.

"It was truly an honor to be named a Goldwater Scholar," Weld said. "I feel grateful to all the professors who helped me, and I am excited for the future."

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program awards scholarships based on academic merit to sophomores and juniors who plan to enter careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering fields. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500.

Weld is Ball State's eighth student to receive a Goldwater Scholarship since 2003. In 2011, students Will Jay and Jennifer Strong both won the award; marking the first time the university has had two students in the same year receive the recognition.

For more information on the Goldwater Scholarship program, visit

By Chanel Richards