Anderson, Indiana

Editorial: When AU receives grants, community also benefits

Thu, 2013-12-12 09:02 -- univcomm
December 12, 2013

When you visit Midwestern communities of Anderson’s size, you find that they share common traits but also have unique characteristics.

One major feature that separates some small Midwestern cities from others is the presence — or absence — of higher education. Cities that have four-year colleges or universities just feel different, more alive and more in touch with the future.

In this way, Anderson benefits from the presence of Anderson University. AU infuses youth, promotes the value of education, expands business opportunities and lends cultural diversity to the community at large.

When AU hurts, the community hurts. And when AU prospers, the community benefits.

So it was good to learn recently that AU will receive two Lilly Endowment grants, with combined worth of almost $1.25 million.

The larger of the grants, for $1 million, will help AU graduates find employment in Indiana. It’s part of the Lilly Endowment’s Initiative to Promote Opportunities Through Educational Collaboration.

AU will use the money to support its IDEA-U (Integration and Development of Entrepreneurship with Academics) program to build partnerships and help start entrepreneurial ventures in the central portion of the state.

The other grant, for $249,000, will go to AU’s School of Theology to help students going into the ministry find sounder financial footing.

According to a press release from the university, “The AU School of Theology will use its funding to enhance its historic connection with the Church of God and its graduate students preparing for the ministry.”

The two endowment grants give AU an important boost in a difficult economic time for small universities. And when AU gets a boost, the Anderson area gets a boost, as well.

In summary two recent Lilly Endowment grants give Anderson University an important boost in a difficult economic time for small universities.

Anderson University is a private Christian university in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.), Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.