Thanks to a $1 million grant from Lilly Endowments Inc, Ball State University (IN) will be part of the Indiana Youth Programs on Campus initiative to encourage more young people in the state to attend college. Programming is primarily designed to engage students and families who are first-generation, students of color and from low-income households. Free programs will include a series of day camps for up to 400 high school students on “Exploring Careers in Health” plus a series of week-long, residential camp experiences for local middle and high school students, focusing on college prep, academics and more.

“By supporting these efforts, we hope that more young people in Indiana will experience what it’s like to be on a college campus and take part in meaningful programs that can help prepare them for success in college,” said Ted Maple, Lilly Endowment’s vice president for education. “It is our belief that these programs will not only add to the academic enrichment of young people but also inspire them to see higher education institutions in Indiana as part of their plans for life after high school.” 

Read more about this collaborative initiative here.