Ballard Scholar for Social Innovation

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:


Complete both of the following foundation courses:

Innovation Methodologies

Complete one of the following:

  • MSB 491R with Curtis Lefrandt: Living a Meaningful Life (two credit hours)
  • EXDM 490R Section 005 (RECM 497R): with Mat Duerden: Y-Prize: Design Competition (one credit hour)
  • TECH 112: Innovation Design Techniques (one credit hour)
  • Crocker Innovation Fellowship (six 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 assemble a team of two to six people, and upload your certificate of completion to the Ballard Scholar approval process.)


Complete one of the following:

 * Before Fall Semester 2018 the above classes were listed as BUS M 491R.


  • 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