Giving + Donations

Donate to the Indiana Academy!

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

The Academy received over $58,000 in gifts on One Ball State Day, April 5, 2023. Read Dr. Kavars’ recap of the day’s highlights.

Why Should I Give?

The Indiana Academy is a unique school bringing together high ability juniors and seniors from all over the state, but we face many financial challenges as a public high school. Each year operating costs for the Indiana Academy continue to increase. And year after year, we have to tighten our budget and spending as well as increase fees to meet those costs. Our students are also facing increases to housing fees, supply fees, dual credit charges, technology fees, etc. Consequently, in these difficult economic times, an Indiana Academy education is becoming more out of reach for many Hoosier families struggling to make ends meet.

Financial contributions to the Indiana Academy have made a difference in the lives of our over 3000 alumni over the course of our 25+ 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

1006 Indiana 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.
1007 Indiana 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.
1009 Indiana 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.
1018 Indiana 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.
1019 Indiana Academy International Fund
Purpose:To support the Indiana Academy’s international endeavors.
Example:Sister school visits, international recruitment trips.
1023 Indiana 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.
1035 Christine 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.
1036 Indiana 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.
1042 Innovative 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.
1045 Endowment Fund
Purpose:The purpose of the Fund is to provide financial support for the strategic needs and priorities of the Indiana Academy.
1066 Tom 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.
1074 Indiana Academy Alumni Scholarship
Purpose:To provide scholarships to students attending the Indiana Academy, which may be used toward fees, room and board, and other qualifying educational expenses.
90003 Indiana 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.