February 2017 News

Lilly Endowment Awards Indiana Academy $30,000 Grant

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Indiana Academy recently received a planning grant of $30,000 under Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana K – 12 Students. The aim of Lilly’s Counseling Initiative is to increase significantly the number of K–12 students in Indiana public school corporations and charter schools who are emotionally healthy, realize academic success, graduate from high school, obtain valuable postsecondary credentials, certifications, and degrees necessary for meaningful employment, and are prepared to compete and prosper in the global society in which they will live and work.

The Academy will use the grant for multiple counseling areas including student mental health, college and career advising, and professional development resources for Academy staff. “Having the best counseling department as possible is crucial with a school as unique as ours. A population of such high ability students combined with a predominantly residential school creates unique counseling situations,” said Dr. Vickie Barton, Executive Director of the Indiana Academy. “We are always looking for the best ways to meet their college and career counseling needs while also addressing their social and emotional needs.”

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family – J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli – through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly & Company. The Endowment is primarily committed to the causes of community development, education and religion and has a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and its home state, Indiana.