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Earlham participating in statewide initiative to strengthen Indiana’s colleges and universities

January 10, 2020

Earlham College has been selected to participate in a major initiative by Lilly Endowment Inc., designed to strengthen Indiana’s 38 colleges and universities, and bolster the state’s workforce.

Charting the Future for Indiana’s Colleges and Universities is a three-phase project that will promote innovation, financial sustainability, and career discernment to prepare students for rewarding employment, especially in Indiana.

Earlham has been awarded a $100,000 planning grant as part of the first phase of the initiative. The College is eligible to receive up to $1 million in in phase two to implement proposals currently under consideration. Even larger grants will become available in the initiative’s third phase to address extraordinarily compelling challenges.

“Lilly Endowment continues to be a wonderful catalyst in our shared goal of connecting students with transformational opportunities to learn and grow right in our own backyard,” Earlham President Anne Houtman says. “We are grateful for its support as we envision new opportunities to serve students and strengthen our capacity to generate even greater impact for them, our community, and the state.”

Charting the Future is the second major Lilly Endowment initiative to assist Earlham during the last six years. In 2013, Earlham was awarded $1 million in support of the “Indiana Pathways” initiative. That multiyear project resulted in funding to support internships and other high-impact learning opportunities for students with 30 organizations across the state, including Riley Hospital for Children, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Cope Environmental Center, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The success of that initiative encouraged Earlham to launch the EPIC Advantage. This alumni-funded initiative offers up to $5,000 in support for every student to participate in at least one internship, research project or off-campus excursion for career exploration before graduation.

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“We are encouraging Indiana’s higher education leaders to be bold and imaginative in developing creative and collaborative strategies to strength their institutions and further their educational missions more effectively,” says Ted Maple, the 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 their students and colleges and universities.”

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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a College That Changes Lives. We aspire to provide the highest quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences. We expect our students to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success.

Princeton Review ranks Earlham in the Top 15 nationally for Best Classroom Experience, and U.S. News & World Report recognizes the College as one of the nation’s “Most Innovative Schools,” and ranks EC 7th for the percentage of international students on campus, 25th for “Best Undergraduate Teaching” and 34th for “Best Value.”

Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at 765-983-1256 and zimmebr@earlham.edu.


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