The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment has awarded $2 million to Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, to establish a program to help students choose their life's work based on their ethics and values. The grant — the largest single gift the university has received from a foundation — will fund several projects over the next five years.
The new program, called Theological Exploration of Vocation, is designed to give students and staff opportunities to use theological study to help plan and nurture their careers. The university also said the grant will help connect the Methodist school's founding values to its current programs. Other projects supported by the grant will include "Conversations on Vocation with Leaders," a series of roundtable discussions with business, clergy, and education leaders about how to integrate values and ethics in the workplace.
Hamline — Minnesota's first university — is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and serves more than 3,300 students.