Ball State University senior Maria Schultz of Zionsville has been named a Centennial Scholar and awarded full, in-state tuition for her final year of study.
Schultz is one of 18 Centennial Scholars, selected for their strong scholarship, service to their profession, and a commitment to community engagement and Ball State.
With a dual major in elementary education and special education, she plans to teach at a military base in Germany this spring. After graduation, she plans to become a principal at an Indianapolis school.
“Thanks to my classroom experiences at Ball State, I am fully confident that upon graduation, I will be ready to take on a classroom of my own,” Schultz said. “My involvement outside the classroom is where my growth has been exponential: I’ve learned independence, time-management, and selfless service while gaining valuable friendships. Those are the skills and values that will outlast my professional career.”
Schultz became a resident assistant in her sophomore year, and since then has earned the chance to represent Ball State Housing on a selection committee for the John R. Emens Leadership Scholarship. She’s also heavily involved in her sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi.
In the community, she serves with College Mentors for Kids, making a difference for schoolchildren in their academic and personal lives.
“Being one of the 18 selected for the Centennial Scholarship is truly humbling. Ball State has given me so much during my time here, and receiving the scholarship on top of that is surreal,” she said.
Ball State President Geoffrey S. Mearns commended Schultz and the other award recepients for their endeavors on and off campus.
“Their academic and civic accomplishments reflect our University’s enduring values — values that have guided this institution through our proud past, and will continue to be a source of inspiration for our bright future,” he said.