CenterPoint Scholars

CenterPoint Scholars is a year-long leadership academy designed to cultivate a cohort of dedicated resident leaders who are passionate about enhancing the quality of life in their neighborhoods. The program will follow a structured curriculum that encompasses listening, learning, implementing, and celebrating the progress made. By March 2025, the CenterPoint Scholars Program will have trained ten neighborhood leaders, equipping them with essential skills for advocacy, resident engagement, and project management. 


The CenterPoint Scholars Program kicks off with a weekend retreat April 19-21 at Hueston Woods, OH. The retreat will set the framework for the year-long program and build connections between participants.

Meetings will be held monthly at the E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center (400 W. Minnetrista Blvd.)



Tuesday, February 18th 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Building Relationships with Elected Officials
How to Run a Meeting
Effective Communication for Neighborhood Leaders (part 1)

Tuesday, April 16th 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Effective Communication for Neighborhood Leaders (part 2)

Friday, April 19 – Sunday, April 21 Retreat at Hueston Woods | Schedule

Developing Your Personal Why
The Importance of Neighborhoods
Asset Based Community Development (ABCD)
Active Listening
Effective Leadership
Community Connections
An Introduction to Advocacy

Tuesday, May 21st 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Project Management and Goal Setting

Tuesday, June 18th 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Project Management and Data Analysis / Financial Literacy

Tuesday, July 16th 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. POOL PARTY @ Tuhey

Neighborhoods Pool Party @ Tuhey

Tuesday, August 20th 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Crowdbased Fundraising

Tuesday, September 17th 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Pitch 2025 Projects

Tuesday, October 15th 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Trust Building

Tuesday, November 19th 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Celebrating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Tuesday, December 17th 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Managing Conflict


Tuesday, January 21st 5:00-7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, February 18th 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Presentation to Neighborhood Leadership Council and Elected Officials

The program will culminate with a lunch keynote presentation by the Scholars at the 2025 IDEA Conference, Saturday, March 1st 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Ball State University Student Center.


The program is open to any adult resident of the city of Muncie with a passion for improving their community.


Applications are now closed.


Ten Scholars will be selected by committee in February 2024. Announcements will be made at the 2024 IDEA Conference on March 2nd at the Ball State University Student Center.


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