Lilly Endowment gives $750,000 to AU

Wed, 2012-07-25 10:54 -- univcomm

Anderson University will receive $750,000 from Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment, Inc., for a proposal to provide students more opportunities and incentives to keep them in Indiana upon graduation. The Anderson University proposal approved by the Endowment is entitled, “INvision AU.” The grant comes from the Endowment’s “Initiative to Promote Opportunity through Educational Collaborations.”

"The Lilly Endowment has again taken an initiative to assist students to make a difference with their talents here in Indiana, said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University. “Through a wide-reaching program we will invite students majoring in virtually all majors across the institution to seek internships that can lead to first jobs and distinctive careers. We have resources to encourage many on the campus to seek out partnerships with alumni and Indiana businesses. Once again everyone wins, and especially our students, thanks to our good friends at the Lilly Endowment.”

According to the proposal approved by the Endowment, the following initiatives will be actively pursued by Anderson University.

  • Foster collaboration with Indiana organizations to create twenty-five new undergraduate student internships per year.
  • Develop a network of 100 Indiana-based alumni of the Falls School of Business at Anderson University to collaborate on program elements and retention of graduates in Indiana.
  • Create a team of Anderson University students enrolled in AU’s Center for Public Service who will conduct an economic “Quality of Living Index” for central Indiana small towns.
  • Develop an annual award competition to support teams within Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) who undertake a local project to create new business opportunities for college graduates.
  • Develop a prestigious one-year fellowship awarded competitively to a joint student/company team in which students will have a major opportunity for new business development within the company.
  • Provide start-up business funding for a winning business plan created by a junior or senior Anderson University student who intends to start a new business in the Anderson area.

The “INvision AU” proposal is an education-based collaboration among Anderson University and job-creating entities, contributing directly to Indiana’s innovation capacity and to creating “knowledge jobs.” The activities and initiatives are also intended to strengthen and extend programs and relationships that enable Anderson University graduates to find highly desirable jobs in Indiana.

The Endowment awarded grants to 37 Indiana colleges and universities totaling $38.9 million. Individual grant amounts were based on the number of students at each institution.

Anderson University is a private, Christian, liberal arts institution of approximately 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs of study in theology, business, education, and nursing.