Ballard Scholar for Social Impact

Giving undergraduate students from all majors the skills they need to make a meaningful, sustainable, and impactful difference.

Earning the Ballard Scholar is essentially BYU’s equivalent to receiving a certification in social impact. The Ballard Center offers an array of courses that will complement any major. Designed to give students experience in the sphere of social change while still allowing them to pursue valuable skills and majors in other areas, the Ballard Scholar can be achieved in as few as 5.5 credit hours. Of course, involvement in the Ballard Center can be as extensive or limited as the needs of each individual student require. Ultimately, the goal of the Ballard Center and the Ballard Scholar program is to give BYU students the necessary tools to solve social problems. 

Requirements for Ballard Scholar:

Foundational Courses

Complete both of the following foundation courses:

Innovation Methodologies Courses

Complete one of the following:

  • MSB 491R/Section 31 with Curtis Lefrandt: Living a Meaningful Life (2.0 credits; Winter Only)
  • EXDM 490R Y-Prize: Design Competition section (1.0 credit; Winter)
  • TECH 112: Innovation Design Techniques (1.0 credit; Fall/Winter)
  • EXDM 300: Creating A Good Life (3.0 credits; Fall/Winter)
  • Crocker Innovation Fellowship (6.0 credit hours over two semesters; starts Winter semester)
  • Design Kit: The Course for Human Centered Design (This is a free online course. To receive credit, you will need to upload your certificate of completion to the Ballard Scholar approval process.)


Complete one of the following:

  • Pre-Approved Off-Campus Internship
  • MSB 491R/Section 1 with Jill Piacitelli: Social Innovation Projects On-Campus Internship (3.0 credits; Fall/Winter)3
  • MSB 491R/Section 2 with Brent Goddard: Corporate Social Impact Projects On-Campus Internship (3.0 credits; Fall/Winter)
  • MSB 491R/Section 4 with Brent Goddard: Impact Investing Projects On-Campus Internship (3.0 credits; Fall/Winter)
  • MSB 491R/Section 10 with Kurt Brown: Impact Investing (3.0 credits; Fall/Winter)
  • MSB 491R/Section 11 with Dan Blake & Todd Manwaring: Advanced Impact Investing (3.0 credits; Fall/Winter)
  • MSB 491R/Section 20 with Brent Goddard: Corporate Social Impact Foundations Course (3.0 credits; Fall/Winter)
  • Best Venture status from Social Venture Academy or Social Venture Challenges.
  • MSB 491R/Section 30 with Steven Fox: complete the Ballard Brief course (2.0 credits; Fall/Winter)
  • MSB 491R/Section 32 with Jeff Shumway: Advanced Social Impact (3.0 credits; Winter Only)
  • MSB 491R/Section 33 with Steven Fox: Social Venture Consultant (3.0 credits; Fall/Winter)

 * Before Fall Semester 2018 the MSB courses were listed as BUSM courses.


  • Priority status for grant funding
  • Listing on Ballard Center website
  • Invitation to Social Innovator of the Year Luncheon


Let us know by completing the application below. If you have any questions, please email us. 

“Completing the requirements for the Ballard Scholar has given me a solid foundation for a career in social entrepreneurship, which I plan on doing once I graduate. The classes give students an introduction to the field of social innovation, and the experiential requirement gives students real, practical experience.”

– Erik Hansen

*Alternative experience may be approved by the Ballard Center.

1 Counts towards the Civic Engagement Minor

2 Counts towards the International Development Minor 

3 Counts towards the Non-Profit Minor