Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded two, $1 million grants as part of its Charting the Future of Indiana’s Colleges and Universities initiative. Officials from the endowment say the money will help the schools to address key challenges and “take advantage of opportunities to enhance their effectiveness and long-term sustainability.”
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology received one of the grants. The school says it will use the money to help first-year science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students successfully transition from high school to college.
Rose-Hulman Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Rick Stamper says support for first-year students will be especially important this fall since the COVID-19 pandemic caused many 2020 high school graduates to experience significant disruptions to their senior-year educations.
Anderson University also received $1 million from Lilly Endowment. The school says it intends to establish the Center for Security Studies and Cyber Defense.
AU says the CSSCD will provide its students with opportunities for experiential learning, preparing them for jobs in cybersecurity.
AU President John Pistole says this grant will help to establish a “distinctive, compelling, and relevant center in these rapidly expanding, cutting edge areas of higher education and careers.”
Lilly Endowment has invited Indiana’s 38 colleges and universities to apply for grants totaling up to $108 million from the Charting the Future initiative.
Grant amounts vary and are based on the student enrollment of each college or university.