Lilly Endowment gives $375,000 to Anderson University

Wed, 2008-10-01 13:19 -- univcomm
October 1, 2008

Anderson University will receive $375,000 from Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc., for a sustaining proposal to provide students more opportunities and incentives to keep them in Indiana upon graduation.  The Anderson University sustaining grant proposal approved by the Endowment is entitled, INvision AU.  The grant comes from the Endowment’s “Initiative to Promote Opportunity through Educational Collaborations.”

“We have seen the enormous benefits of collaboration with businesses, social service and governmental agencies when we place our students in internships in these settings,” said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University.  “Through this continuing support from Lilly Endowment, we will enhance and extend these efforts and give our students one more reason to begin their careers of distinction right here in Indiana.  We are deeply grateful for the trust of another very valuable grant from Lilly Endowment.”

The sustaining grant will bolster $750,000 the university received from the Endowment in 2003 that created the INvision AU program at Anderson University.  The activities and initiatives of INvision AU are intended to strengthen and extend programs and relationships that enable AU graduates to find highly desirable jobs in Indiana.

“The Career Development Center and INvision AU provide integral services to students as they consider their transition from education to post graduation employment,” said Dr. Brent Baker, vice president for Student Life.  “This grant from Lilly Endowment for the ongoing work of INvision AU truly strengthens our opportunity to do this well and encourages our graduates to find employment in Indiana.”

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

  • Create 40 annual internship opportunities with Indiana organizations for AU students.
  • Develop strong relationships with 25 targeted Indiana organizations through which internship and job opportunities could be available to AU students.
  • Demonstrate that one start-up or developing organization in a neighboring community will flourish as a consequence of interaction with the INvision AU program.
  • Create two formal alumni networking events annually on the AU campus where students can network with AU alumni and learn about job opportunities.
  • Develop a partnership with five Indiana organizations from various industries where AU students will be able to network and learn about job opportunities within the industry.
  • Offer at least three annual on-campus job fairs in varying industries to AU students.
  • Demonstrate that at graduation, 75 percent of students involved in INvision AU activities will secure their position of choice in the State of Indiana.

INvision AU is an education-based collaboration among Anderson University and job-creating entities, contributing directly to Indiana's innovation capacity and the creation of "knowledge jobs."  For more information visit

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.