judging panel selected the following submissions for funding:
- Butler University (Indianapolis) is
directing its $25,000 award to fund the “Butler Early Language and
Literacy (BELL): An Innovative Program for Young Children.” The
purpose of the BELL program for young children is to prevent
reading failure. BELL addresses the difficulty that
language-delayed children have in learning to read. BELL is
innovative because it 1) focuses on teaching early literacy skills
along with spoken language skills; 2) includes students as assistants in
the program; 3) uses music and art as integral activities; and 4)
incorporates therapy dogs as part of the regular program.
- Marian University (Indianapolis) is
directing its $25,000 award to establish the "Marian University
Student Managed Venture Fund Program.” This venture fund will
be managed by students and faculty as part of the University's new curriculum and will
be used to invest in Indiana start-up companies. Through this
fund, Marian students will gain access to the Indiana start-up community
and be provided with opportunities to engage with new, high growth
businesses. In addition to evaluating Indiana businesses as
possible investments, their students will gain access to a variety of
follow-up projects and internships.
- Saint Joseph's College (Rensselaer) is
directing its $25,000 award to "Promoting Internship Opportunities
Through Educational Collaborations in Northwest Indiana.” As part of
the Lilly Endowment's Initiative to Promote Opportunities Through
Educational Collaborations, Ancilla College, Calumet College of St.
Joseph, Saint Joseph's College, and Valparaiso University are working
collaboratively to provide career services that will increase the number
of graduates who obtain employment in Indiana.