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: Living A Meaningful Life taught by Curtis Lefrandt (2.0 credits; Winter Only; section 31 for Winter 2021)
  • 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.)

Experience

Complete one of the following:

  • Pre-Approved Off-Campus Internship
  • Publish A Ballard Brief
  • MSB 491R: Social Innovation Projects On-Campus Internship taught by Jill Piacitelli (3.0 credits; Fall/Winter; sections 1, 2, & 3 for Winter 2021)3
  • MSB 491R: Corporate Social Impact Projects On-Campus Internship taught by Brent Goddard (3.0 credits; Fall/Winter, section 4 for Winter 2021)
  • MSB 491R: Impact Investing Projects On-Campus Internship taught by Brent Goddard (3.0 credits; Fall/Winter; section 5 for Winter 2021)
  • MSB 491R: Impact Investing taught by Kurt Brown (3.0 credits; Fall/Winter, section 10 for Winter 2021)
  • MSB 491R: Advanced Impact Investing taught by Dan Blake & Todd Manwaring (3.0 credits; Fall/Winter, section 11 for Winter 2021)
  • MSB 491R: Corporate Social Impact taught by Brent Goddard (3.0 credits; Fall/Winter; section 20 for Winter 2021)
  • Social Venture (previously Best Venture) status from Social Venture Academy or Social Venture Challenges.
  • MSB 491R: Ballard Brief taught by Steven Fox (2.0 credits; Fall/Winter; section 30 for Winter 2021)
  • MSB 491R: Advanced Social Impact taught by Jeff Shumway (3.0 credits; Winter Only, section 32 for Winter 2021)
  • MSB 491R: Social Venture Consultant taught by Steven Fox (3.0 credits; Fall/Winter; section 33 for Winter 2021)

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

Perks

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

Finished?

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