The Indiana Academy was founded in 1970 by the Independent Colleges of Indiana Foundation
, which officially became part of the Independent Colleges of Indiana
when the two organizations merged in July 2005. It exists to encourage
and promote charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes
in conjunction with those institutions sponsoring these purposes in the
State of Indiana.
The Academy was established to further the development of business,
public service, higher education, the arts and sciences, literature, and
the general culture of the State through recognition of individual
leadership, achievement, and philanthropy designed to promote these
The Academy nominates and elects citizens of the State of Indiana to
membership in The Academy in recognition of their contributions to
cultural, scientific, literary, civic, religious, and educational
development within the State.
The program of The Indiana Academy is maintained through the support of the Tony and Mary Fendrich Hulman Endowment Fund
and donations from members of The Indiana Academy. Established in 1983,
this fund perpetuates The Academy as a source of inspiration and
strength. All who value The Academy are grateful for the generosity and
goodwill expressed by the Endowment and members of The Academy.
The Academy celebrated its 40th Anniversary, April 2011. see video