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J. Allan “Al” Rent

Call for Applicants: Al Rent Honorary IPR/Ball State PBS Public Media Student Award

Applications accepted beginning Feb. 1, 2021
The application deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 28, 2021

Indiana Public Radio and Ball State PBS will award an honorarium in the amount of $500 to 1 (one) student for the Spring 2021 semester.

The award is made possible by an endowment fund established in 2016 at the Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County in memory of J. Allan Rent.

The purpose of the award is to honor Rent’s professional and volunteer work in public media by recognizing a student with a serious commitment to public media, specifically Ball State University’s public radio and public television stations.

Who should apply?
Ball State University undergraduate (with at least a sophomore standing) or graduate students who are employed by IPR and/or Ball State PBS and/or received class credit for work with Indiana Public Radio and/or Ball State PBS  for at least one semester during the current or previous calendar year.

Other criteria:

  • The student must have an overall, cumulative GPA of at least 2.7.
  • The student must demonstrate support of public media.
  • The student must demonstrate a history of volunteerism in the community.
  • The student must be willing to provide feedback and share information with future student applicants.
  • The student must provide two written letters of recommendation from faculty – one must be their supervisor at Indiana Public Radio and/or Ball State PBS (WIPB). Recommendations must be submitted to Margaret Reeder, Membership and Individual Giving Manager, IPR/Ball State PBS, Letterman Building RM 128.

Review process:
The award recipient will be chosen by an Indiana Public Radio/Ball State PBS committee led by Margaret Reeder. If a decision must be made between two students of equal merit, priority will be given to the student who has not previously received this award. All decisions are final.

About J. Allan Rent:
Al Rent was a Muncie native and a graduate of Ball State University with a degree in Speech and Mass Communications. He had a long and distinguished history with Ball State and was instrumental in the creation of WBST (now Indiana Public Radio) and WIPB (now Ball State PBS). He returned as executive director and general manager of the stations in 2015.

To apply:

Fill out the application form by clicking the link below. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Feb. 28, 2021.

To request a paper copy, contact Margaret Reeder at 765-285-5403 or mareeder@bsu.edu.



Michelle Kinsey
Community Engagement and Grants Manager