Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. has approved nearly $23 million in grants to 27 higher education institutions throughout the state. The funding is part of the endowment’s Indiana Youth Programs on Campus initiative, which aims to help schools create new or enhance existing programs for young people.
Lilly Endowment says some colleges and universities will use the funding to offer programs on entrepreneurship, leadership development, and career exploration. Others will focus on STEM and STEAM disciplines.
The initiative is designed to support campus programs that encourage kids aged 5-18 “to explore their interests and envision a future for themselves in college.” The ultimate goal is to increase the number of students who earn postsecondary degrees and credentials from Indiana higher ed institutions.
“By supporting these efforts, we hope that more young people in Indiana will experience what it’s like to be on a college campus and take part in meaningful programs that can help prepare them for success in college,” Ted Maple vice president for education at Lilly Endowment, said in written remarks. “It is our belief that these programs will not only add to the academic enrichment of young people but also inspire them to see higher education institutions in Indiana as part of their plans for life after high school.”
Vincennes University says it will use its grant to expand its Pre-College Programs, including its Summer STEAM Academy, Techmeister, and Jobs for America’s Graduates programs.
Indiana State University says it will also use its grant to support its summer STEAM camp offerings.
You can view the full list of recipients by clicking here.