The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment has announced grants totaling $4 million to twenty-seven campus ministry organizations working with students at public universities across the country.
Awarded through the foundation's Campus Ministry Theological Exploration of Vocation Initiative, the grants will support and strengthen programs designed to develop student leaders, connect them with mentors in their fields of study and future careers, enable them to participate in international service trips, and live together in intentional communities. In addition, some students will engage in internships in congregations and faith-based service organizations and receive support for exploring a career in ministry.
Grant recipients include All Saints Roman Catholic Newman Center (Arizona State University), the Catholic Newman Center (University of Washington), the Holston Conference United Methodist Church Foundation (University of Tennessee), and United Ministries of Higher Education (Missouri State University).
"Campus ministries provide time, space, and encouragement for college students to examine their faith and values and reflect on how God is calling them to utilize their gifts and passions to lead lives of meaning and purpose," said Dr. Christopher L. Coble, vice president for religion at the Lilly Endowment. "They play important roles in helping students explore the hopes and dreams they have for their own lives and make sense of their faith while they are preparing for future careers."
For a complete list of grant recipients, visit the Lilly Endowment website.