Ballard Scholar Program draws students interested in social change


A kickoff event for the Ballard Scholar program was recently held in the N. Eldon Tanner Building. Students who attended were informed about all the ways they can help change the world around them through socially impactful classes and projects.

Lori Bell is an advertising major currently participating in the Ballard Center’s Y-Prize competition. This contest is an optional experience students in the Ballard Scholar program can participate in.

Bell said her group has started their own venture for the competition in Northern Uganda by setting up a distribution model to sell solar lamps. She said the Ballard Scholar program helps students begin thinking about ways to truly help people and make a positive impact in the world.

“The Ballard Scholar program acts as a helpful road map to ensure students get a well rounded perspective on social innovation,” Bell said.

Classes required for the program include the Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Lecture Series, The Innovator’s Method: Developing Ideas that Matter and Social Innovation: “Do Good. Better.” Each class is designed to help students apply their skills to real-world social and economic challenges faced by people throughout the world.

More information about the Ballard Scholar program and the classes, competitions and opportunities included with it can be found on the Ballard Center’s website.


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