Bethel Named as Recipient of Lilly Endowment Grant

Bethel recently received a $375,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. This is the second grant in a continuing effort to encourage students to find employment opportunities in Indiana.

In 2003 the college was awarded a similar grant. That award was used to enhance the career and internship services office increasing staff to three full-time positions, start an internship program and develop the Quality Undergraduate Education and Scientific Training (Q.U.E.S.T) grant. This grant allowed Bethel faculty to conduct scientific research with help from students.

Vice President for Development Terry Zeitlow says the original grant gave our students and faculty members opportunities that Bethel couldn’t have provided on its own.

“Lilly Endowment opened doors for us at Bethel College that probably could not have been done without their help. Our campus is stronger as a result of the first grant and this second effort will only build on what has been started.”

The funds from this new grant will continue the efforts to help students find quality internships, provide continued finances for Q.U.E.S.T., increase alumni involvement with career services initiatives and enhance Bethel’s leadership program. The funding will also allow two new programs partnering alumni and the career services departments — the “Backpack to Briefcase” series and “Begin with the End in Mind.” Both programs help all students prepare for meaningful employment upon graduation.

The grant, with Bethel matching the Endowment award, will extend over a five-year period.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family — J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli — through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company.