Ball State University Spring 2021 graduate Karleigh Conner has been awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in recognition of her accomplishments in academics, athletics, extracurricular activities, and community service. A former Ball State Track & Field/Cross Country athlete, Conner was one of only 21 female Spring sport athletes in the United States to receive this $10,000 scholarship.
Conner graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychological Science, with minors in Spanish, Interpersonal Relations, Psychology of Human Development and Autism Spectrum Disorders—graduating summa cum laude. She is in her second year of Ball State’s combined Master of Arts/Specialist in Education in School Psychology program, after which she plans to become a school psychologist, with the eventual goal of becoming Director of Special Education for a school district.
As a Cardinal, Conner has dedicated more than 1,000 hours to serving and leading others through various organizations, including Training U Farther & Faster (TUFF) Camp in Ohio (her home state), Fellowship of Christian Athletes/Athletes in Action and Ball State’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee, among others.
During her time as a long-distance runner for Ball State, Conner holds the fourth-fastest time in program history for the outdoor 800m race. She was named to the Academic All-Mid-American Conference (MAC) team three times each in track and cross country.