Lilly Endowment Awards School Counseling Grants

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Lilly Endowment is headquartered in Indianapolis. Lilly Endowment is headquartered in Indianapolis.

Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. has approved more than $26 million in grants to school corporations and charter schools throughout the state. The funding will support the schools' efforts to bolster their counseling programs for students.

The grants come from Lilly Endowment's Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana K-12 Students, which launched in September 2016. More than 50 public school districts and five charter schools will benefit from the grants.

The organization says the grants will be used to launch various efforts, such as:

  • Collaborating with mental health care providers to address their students’ social and emotional challenges;
  • Pursuing novel ways to engage local businesses in preparing students for a range of employment opportunities, including developing mentoring and internship programs and planning industry information sessions and site visits to local companies;
  • Implementing a comprehensive counseling model developed by the American School Counselor Association;
  • Making better use of digital tools and adding and integrating curricula for college and career exploration and preparation;
  • Providing professional development to teachers, counselors and administrators so they can identify and address the social and emotional needs of students to improve overall student wellbeing;
  • Partnering with colleges and universities to offer college counseling, financial aid assistance, campus visits and related programs.

"The response from school corporations and charter schools far exceeded the Endowment’s expectations," said Sara Cobb, vice president for education at Lilly Endowment. "We believe that this response demonstrates a growing awareness that enhanced and expanded counseling programs are urgently needed to address the academic, college, career, and social and emotional counseling needs of Indiana’s K-12 students. We were most pleased to see how the schools engaged a wide variety of community stakeholders in assessing their students’ counseling needs and developing strategies to address them."

The recipients include:

Bartholomew County

  • Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. - $1,110,000

Brown County 

  • Brown County School Corp. - $192,800

Boone County

  • Western Boone County Community School Corp. (collaborating with Montgomery County school corporations) - $163,900
  • Zionsville Community Schools: $640,707

Elkhart County

  • Baugo Community Schools - $187,800
  • Concord Community Schools - $533,400
  • Elkhart Community Schools - $1,277,000
  • Fairfield Community Schools - $211,075
  • Goshen Community Schools - $654,753
  • Middlebury Community Schools - $452,904
  • Wa-Nee Community Schools - $298,644

Floyd County

  • New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. - $1,130,000

Grant County

  • Eastbrook Community Schools Corp. - $153,900
  • Madison-Grant United School Corp. - $121,700
  • Marion Community Schools - $357,900
  • Mississinewa Community Schools - $243,500
  • Oak Hill United School Corp. (this district also serves Miami County) - $167,000

Hamilton County

  • Hamilton Southeastern Schools - $2,103,501

Harrison County

  • South Harrison Community School Corp. - $299,548

Hendricks County

  • Avon Community School Corp. - $792,005

Henry County

  • South Henry School Corp. - $100,000

Jefferson County

  • Madison Consolidated Schools - $205,000

Knox County

  • Vincennes Community School Corp. - $260,600

Kosciusko County

  • Warsaw Community Schools - $701,100

LaPorte County

  • LaPorte Community School Corp. - $616,700
  • Michigan City Area Schools - $555,800

Lake County

  • Hanover Community School Corp. - $214,200
  • Lake Ridge New Tech Schools - $188,300
  • School City of East Chicago - $442,100

Marion County

  • Indianapolis Public Schools - $2,871,400
  • KIPP Indianapolis (charter) - $100,000
  • Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township - $1,527,400
  • Metropolitan School District of Pike Township - $1,114,700
  • Neighborhood Charter Network (charter) - $68,312
  • Southeast Neighborhood School of Excellence (charter) - $99,870

Marshall County

  • Triton School Corp. - $91,103

Monroe County

  • Bloomington Project School (charter) - $100,000
  • Monroe County Community School Corp. - $1,072,700

Montgomery County

  • Crawfordsville Community School Corp. - $235,000
  • North Montgomery Community School Corp. - $187,000
  • South Montgomery Community School Corp. - $166,700

Noble County

  • West Noble School Corp. - $236,900

Orange County

  • Orleans Community School Corp. - $100,000

Perry County

  • Perry Central Community School Corp. - $117,800
  • Tell City-Troy Township School Corp. - $147,050

Scott County

  • Scott County School District 1, Scott County School District 2 - $381,800 (total for two school districts)

Shelby County

  • Southwestern Consolidated School District of Shelby County - $84,839

Spencer County

  • North Spencer County School Corp. - $189,565

Sullivan County

  • Southwest School Corp. - $172,400

St. Joseph County

  • Career Academy (charter) - $104,900
  • John Glenn School Corp. - $188,500

Vanderburgh County

  • Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corp. - $2,154,400

White County

  • Frontier School Corp. - $100,000
  • North White School Corp. - $100,000
  • Tri-County School Corp. - $100,000
  • Twin Lakes School Corp. - $237,700
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