We believe that post-secondary education is foundational for meaningful employment and for a satisfying quality of life. Accordingly, we help colleges, universities and other organizations in Indiana develop and conduct programs to increase college graduation rates and to prepare students to meet the job requirements of employers while educating students to live full, meaningful lives and become informed and engaged citizens.

The Endowment also helps African American students gain access to and be prepared for success in college and employment through national invitational initiatives for historically black colleges and universities through grants to UNCF. We also support on an invitational basis programs to enhance higher educational outcomes for Native Americans and Latino Americans.

Related Grants

Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program, launched in 1998, is designed to raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana and increase awareness of the potential of Indiana’s community foundations to improve the quality of life of the state’s residents. The program offers four-year, full-tuition scholarships to Indiana students who intend to work toward a baccalaureate degree at any accredited public or private college or university in Indiana. The scholarship also provides $900 per year for required books and equipment. This program is administered by Independent Colleges of Indiana. LEARN MORE

Ascend Indiana, an initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, seeks to ensure that Indiana employers have access to the skilled workforce necessary to thrive and that Indiana residents have the opportunity to pursue meaningful careers. Ascend works across industry sectors to help connect early-in-career talent to employers through scalable recruitment strategies and custom talent pipeline solutions. In addition, Ascend is committed to strengthening Indiana’s workforce through research aimed at educating key stakeholders. LEARN MORE 

Conexus Indiana works to strengthen the advanced manufacturing and logistics sector in Indiana. Efforts include leading the development of educational programs and curricula for students from high school through college to prepare them better for employment in the sector. An initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Conexus has a presence in nearly every Indiana county and touches the lives of more than 2,500 students annually with career exploration programs, high school curricula and internships.LEARN MORE

Career Pathways Initiative, a nationwide initiative of UNCF, is helping four-year historically black colleges and universities and predominately black institutions strengthen institutional career placement outcomes with the goal of increasing the number of graduates who immediately transition to meaningful jobs in their chosen fields. Launched in 2015 with a $50 million Endowment grant, the initiative is encouraging participating schools to enhance what their students gain from the liberal arts with specific preparation, training and experiences they need to be employable and successful early in their chosen careers.LEARN MORE

Hispanic Career Pathways Initiative, an initiative of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), is a comprehensive program to help Hispanic students navigate each step of their path from college to career and equip them with the knowledge and skills to find and succeed in meaningful, high-quality jobs. Announced in March 2019 with a $30 million Endowment grant, the initiative will employ four key strategies that will be implemented over the course of six years. Learn more

Round III – A Call to Action: Initiative to Promote Opportunities Through Educational Collaborations is an Endowment initiative that supports and encourages Indiana’s colleges and universities to better prepare students for meaningful, sustaining jobs and to connect students and graduates with employers seeking the next generation of talented workers. Round III is part of our continuing effort to increase the number of Indiana high school graduates who attend Indiana colleges, graduate with a bachelor’s degree and find meaningful employment in Indiana. Schools are strengthening curricula, academic and career advising, incorporating innovative internship programs and employer partnerships in their regions, and launching or significantly improving career placement programs.

TechPoint works to promote and accelerate the growth of the technology sector in central Indiana. Endowment grants have supported the creation and sustainability of education programs for college and university students and recent graduates that help them prepare for and build tech careers in central Indiana. The programs are Xtern, Xtern Bootcamp and the Indy Tech Fellowship.LEARN MORE