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Resident receives full tuition scholarship from Ball State

Knightstown resident Derek Heim, right, withBall State President Geoffrey S. Mearns.

Ball State senior Derek Heim of Knightstown has been named a Centennial Scholar and awarded full, in-state tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Heim is one of 18 Centennial Scholars selected for their strong scholarship, service to their professions and commitment to community engagement and Ball State.

“This is the proudest moment of my life,” Heim said. “I love Ball State University, and receiving this scholarship really means a lot to me. I feel honored, appreciated and valued, but most importantly, I feel accepted.”

Heim is pursuing a major in public relations with minors in communication studies, history, and women’s and gender studies. He is the president of the Ball State Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America and the executive director of public relations at the McKinley Avenue Agency.

Following graduation, Heim plans to attend graduate school and eventually become a professor and a communications director at a nonprofit.

“I made Ball State my home four years ago, and it is going to be very hard to say goodbye,” he said. “Ball State has given me the experiences and the guidance that I need to excel in my personal, academic and professional life.”

Ball State President Geoffrey S. Mearns commended the 18 Centennial Scholars 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,” Mearns said.

For more information on Ball State’s Centennial, visit bsu.edu/100.

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