Increasing meaningful economic opportunities in Indiana is a key aim of a new Lilly Endowment Inc. initiative.
The Endowment is offering up to $40 million to Indiana colleges and universities to devise new educational programs that will lead to the identification and development of such opportunities in Indiana for college graduates. 2003 Clay County Lilly Endowment recepients are Ryan Bitzegaio, Greg Long and Christopher Short.
Over the past several years, the Endowment has encouraged efforts to improve the unacceptably low educational attainment levels of Indiana's residents. It has funded research to learn more about the problem, provided support to strengthen Indiana colleges and universities, and approved grants to an array of institutions from colleges and universities to community foundations and from K-12 organizations to Goodwill Industries. This initiative builds on these efforts.
The Endowment hopes that in developing proposals that fit the capacities and situations of the respective institutions, the colleges and universities will engage their alumni, faculties, students, staffs, donors, business colleagues and communities. The Endowment expects that many of the proposals will involve enhanced internship and placement opportunities, but is open to any educational program that brings together innovative ideas with expertise and other resources for exploiting them in ways that advance economic opportunity in Indiana.