Jenn Foundation Award Winners Named by Independent Colleges of Indiana

With staying in college and graduating come a lot of study and hard work, as well as a lot of expenses---tuition and other fees, textbooks, and sometimes even child care. That's where the Jenn Foundation of Indianapolis is lending a helping hand.  

A supporter of education and health care initiatives, the Jenn Foundation recently awarded the Independent Colleges of Indiana a $6,000 grant to support Indiana nursing students who are single parents facing financial challenges, including child care.

The recipients of this innovative grant program were recently selected by an independent panel of judges and both are students in the nursing program at Bethel College in Mishawaka: Pamela A. Smith and Heather Lippert. Each will receive $1,000 per year for the next three years, for a total award of $3,000 each, to support quality child care for their children.  

In addition to helping nontraditional students with college access and affordability, this grant program helps address our state's critical need for nursing graduates.

Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) is a nonprofit corporation that represents the state's 31 nonprofit, accredited, undergraduate degree-granting institutions of higher education. ICI member institutions enroll more than 80,000 students (approximately 22 percent of all students statewide) and annually produce 32 percent of all bachelor's degrees in Indiana. Information about ICI is available at

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associates, bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 1,960 includes students from 34 states, 17 countries, more than 25 denominational affiliations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. Bethel offers classes at four satellite locations, as well as its Elkhart campus. The main Bethel campus is situated on 75 wooded acres in Mishawaka, Ind.