Engaged Learning Program Receives Generous Grant
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Professor Ben O'Neal with students

The Elba L. and Gene Portteus Branigin Foundation, Inc. has awarded Franklin College a $100,000 grant for the continued advancement of the Branigin Engaged Learning Scholars program.

The program was established in 2016 to support distinctive student experiences that offer opportunities to connect liberal arts education with experiential, relevant learning. These regional and national experiences include, but are not limited to: internships, research opportunities, conference presentations, and academic and professional competitions. Students will engage with off-campus partners through these opportunities. The goal is that these value-added student experiences will result in substantive learning and professional outcomes.

“Franklin College and especially its students are exceedingly grateful to the Branigin Foundation for its sustained support,” said Lori Schroeder, provost and dean of the college.  “Funds for the Branigin Engaged Learning Scholars program will be used to sustain the momentum generated by the foundation’s 2016 and 2017 gifts to the college. The heart of this funding initiative is focused on connections between the liberal arts and students’ professional aspirations and is quickly becoming the centerpiece of a comprehensive curricular transformation at the college. It is so gratifying to have such supportive partners in the surrounding community as we continue to develop these exciting, distinctive curricular features.”

Schroeder said given the college’s student-centered focus and the faculty’s passion for engaged learning, the college’s 2016-2026 Strategic Plan places engaged learning experiences at the core of the curriculum by ensuring that the curricular delivery model is focused on this teaching and learning philosophy. The Branigin Engaged Learning Scholars program allows Franklin College to fund these transformational learning experiences.

The Elba L. and Gene Portteus Branigin Foundation was created in 1986 by Gene Portteus Branigin to encourage and support civic, educational, charitable and religious organizations in Johnson County and throughout Indiana. The Branigins’ legacy of generosity endures through the Foundation’s continued financial support of organizations that help enrich the lives of Hoosiers.

For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Marketing and Communications at (317) 738-8185.

(Posted Jan. 11, 2018)

POSTED Jan 11, 2018