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Thanks to All Who Were Part of One Ball State Day at the Indiana Academy!

One Ball State Day 2024 at the Indiana Academy is in the books. We had incredible support from faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, and friends of the Academy, raising $57,414, a slight increase over 2023. This was across 365 gifts, a 41% increase over 2023! Several people donated multiple times. The Academy received gifts from 325 unique donors, a 33% increase over 2023!

In a few weeks, the Academy leadership team will review how these donations were distributed across the various funds and map out a plan on how to best use them to benefit current and future Indiana Academy students.

Thank you to everyone who helped make One Ball State Day at the Academy a huge success! This would not have been possible without your help spreading the word, donating, and voting for the Academy as the Fan Favorite in the Dash and Splash duck race challenge. Although I had a lot of fun with the duck race, I have decided to hang up my paddle and retire. Meg Wright, Assistant Director of Academic Advising and Guidance, has already agreed to take my place!

On behalf of everyone at the Indiana Academy, thank you!

Dain Kavars
Executive Director

Why Should I Give?

The Indiana Academy is a unique school bringing together high ability sophomores, juniors, and seniors from all over the state, but we face many financial challenges as a public high school. While our operating costs continue to increase, your donations do make a difference. Here are a few areas where your donations have helped us better serve our students and their families:

  • Reductions in room and board fees, which have decreased by 23% over the last two years.
  • Increased financial aid to further reduce room and board fees, making the Academy financially accessible to even more students and their families.
  • Through donations and a change in the state funding formula, all classroom book and supply fees have been removed for all students.
  • Providing laptops to students who are not able to purchase one.
  • Removed all costs for students attending academic competitions.
  • Classroom renovations, including most recently turning an older classroom into a state-of-the-art room with a large makerspace.

Financial contributions to the Indiana Academy have made a difference in the lives of our over 4000 alumni over the course of our 30+ years of existence. Our alumni continue to impact and enrich the world through their love of learning, dedication to the betterment of the human condition, and quest for excellence in every facet of their lives.

Your contributions to following foundation accounts will ensure that this unique educational opportunity continues to exist for all future high ability applicants regardless of economic background.

How Can I Give?

Online Donate securely and conveniently with your credit card.

Mail: Make your check payable to Indiana Academy/BSU and send to the attention of Larry Messing, University Development, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306.

If you are interested in information regarding a multi-year pledge, please contact Larry Messing, Director of Development for Teachers College at 765-285-4190 or .

Note: The State of Indiana offers a special tax credit to taxpayers in return for their support. When you make a gift to the Indiana Academy through the Ball State University Foundation, you are eligible for a tax credit for 50% of your gift up to a maximum of $200 for joint returns and $100 for single returns. The State tax credit is available even if you do not itemize deductions on your federal income tax return. You must use Indiana State Income tax form CC-40 to claim your credit.

Types of Funds

1006Indiana Academy General
Purpose:To provide for a wide range of needs not covered by the operating budget.
Example:Job search expenses for open faculty and staff positions, etc.
1007Indiana Academy Equipment Fund
Purpose:To provide funds for the purchase of scientific and technological equipment for the Academy.
Example:Purchase of Virtual Reality Equipment for Computer Science classrooms.
1009Indiana Academy Student Discretionary Fund
Purpose:To provide a source of revenue to students with demonstrated financial need for curricular and extracurricular projects and events.
Example:Assistance to students with May Term costs, athletic uniforms and fees, field trip costs and academic team competitions.
1018Indiana Academy Alumni Fund
Purpose:To support the programs of the Indiana Academy Office of Alumni Relations.
Example:Assistance with reunion planning costs and 5-, 10-, and 25-year Celebrations.
1019Indiana Academy International Fund
Purpose:To support the Indiana Academy’s international endeavors.
Example:Sister school visits, international recruitment trips.
1023Indiana Academy Scholars Fund
Purpose:To provide financial assistance with housing fees for students who, without such support, could not attend the Academy.
Example:Over 100 students have received assistance with BSU housing fees from this fund.
1035Christine Ney Fund for Theatre Arts
Purpose:To enable Indiana Academy students to participate in field trips to such events as the Stratford or Shaw Festivals or to help produce plays at the Academy.
Example:Funds from this account have helped reduce the overall cost to students who participate.
1036Indiana Academy Annual Fund
Purpose:To provide financial support for areas of greatest need.
Example:Emergency assistance with payment of dual credit fees and other class fees to help students meet graduation and honors diploma requirements.
1042Innovative Classroom Initiative Fund
Purpose:Established by the Class of 1992 for renovating and modernizing Academy classrooms, and provides current and future support for innovative classrooms.
1045Endowment Fund
Purpose:The purpose of the Fund is to provide financial support for the strategic needs and priorities of the Indiana Academy.
1066Tom Cross Scholarship
Purpose:To provide one scholarship annually to a graduate of the Indiana Academy who plans to attend college and study in the Arts.
1074Indiana Academy Alumni Scholarship Endowment Fund
Purpose:To provide scholarships to students attending the Indiana Academy, which may be used toward fees, room and board, and other qualifying educational expenses.
90003Indiana Academy Current Needs
Purpose:This fund is expendable and may be used to meet needs at the school as determined by school administration and the appointed fund advisor(s). Grant recommendations shall be a minimum of $500. The fund shall not remain inactive without awards for more than one year.