Ballard Scholar for Social Impact

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

Earning the Ballard Scholar is essentially BYU’s equivalent of receiving an emphasis in the nonprofit management minor. Students starting the Ballard Scholar in Fall Semester 2021 and later will follow the New Ballard Scholar requirements shown below. Students who started working towards the Previous Ballard Scholar can complete it or earn the Nonprofit Management Minor and work towards the new Ballard Scholar award.

Requirements for Ballard Scholar:

Social Impact Emphasis

Impact Investing Emphasis

  • Complete the new Nonprofit Management Minor (Fall 2021)
  • Take MSB 381R: Social Impact Lecture Series (1.0 credit; Fall/Winter)
  • Take MSB 482: Impact Investing taught by Kurt Brown & Dan Blake (3.0 credits; Fall/Winter)
  • Complete one of the following:
    • MSB 492R/Section 10: Impact Investing On-Campus Internship (ISIP) taught by Brent Goddard (3.0 credits; Fall/Winter)
    • MSB 483: Advanced Impact Investing (3.0 credits; Winter Only)
    • Pre–Approved Off-Campus Internship with a recognized Impact Investing organization.

Corporate Social Impact

  • Complete the new Nonprofit Management Minor (Fall 2021)
  • Take MSB 381R: Social Impact Lecture Series (1.0 credit; Fall/Winter)
  • Take MSB 484: Corporate Social Impact taught by Brent Goddard (3.0 credits; Fall/Winter)
  • Complete one of the following:

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 1 for Winter 2022)
  • 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 492R/Section 1: Social Impact On-Campus Internship (SIP) taught by Jill Piacitelli (3.0 credits; Fall/Winter)
  • MSB 492R/Section 10: Impact Investing On-Campus Internship (ISIP) taught by Brent Goddard (3.0 credits; Fall/Winter)
  • MSB 492R/Section 20: Corporate Social Impact On-Campus Internship (CSIP) taught by Brent Goddard (3.0 credits)
  • MSB 481: Advanced Social Impact taught by Jeff Shumway (2.0 credits; Winter Only)
  • MSB 482: Impact Investing taught by Kurt Brown & Dan Blake (3.0 credits; Fall/Winter)
  • MSB 483: Advanced Impact Investing (3.0 credits; Winter Only)
  • MSB 484: Corporate Social Impact taught by Brent Goddard (3.0 credits; Fall/Winter)
  • Social Venture (previously Best Venture) status from Social Venture Academy or Social Venture Challenges.
  • MSB 471R: Social Venture Consultant taught by Steven Fox (3.0 credits; Fall/Winter)
  • MSB 472R: Ballard Brief taught by Steven Fox (2.0 credits; Fall/Winter)

* 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