College Awarded $100,000 Grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.
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Franklin College announced today it has been awarded a $100,000 planning grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. as part of its new initiative, Charting the Future for Indiana’s Colleges and Universities.  

The initiative, announced by Lilly Endowment in late October 2019, is intended to help leaders of Indiana’s 38 colleges and universities address their key challenges and take advantage of promising opportunities to enhance their relevance and sustainability. Lilly Endowment is encouraging higher education leaders to explore collaborative strategies among colleges and universities in Indiana or around the country and with business, governmental or charitable organizations.

The initiative has three phases of grantmaking: a planning phase, an implementation phase, and an invitational phase for large-scale proposals.

“I am delighted that we have been approved for the planning phase of this grant,” said Franklin College Provost and Dean of the College Lori Schroeder. “We now turn our attention to prioritizing exactly which challenges and opportunities to take up so that we are well situated to pursue a proposal for phase two of the initiative.”

“We are encouraging Indiana’s higher education leaders to be bold and imaginative in developing creative and collaborative strategies to strengthen their institutions and further their education missions more effectively,” said Ted Maple, Lilly Endowment’s vice president for education.  “We are impressed with the dedication of Indiana’s higher education leaders to face head on their challenges and embrace their opportunities to build brighter futures for the students and colleges and universities.”

Lilly Endowment Inc. is a private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly Sr. and his sons Eli and J.K. Jr. through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. While those gifts remain the financial bedrock of the Endowment, the Endowment is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion and maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.

To learn more about the Charting the Future for Indiana’s Colleges and Universities initiative, visit

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


(Edited Jan. 21, 2020)

POSTED Dec 17, 2019