Asbury College receives $500,000 grant

WILMORE, KY—Asbury College received a $500,000 renewal grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc., for the Transformations Project.

Asbury College is among 30 colleges and universities receiving these grants, which total $15 million. Other institutions include Creighton University, Duke University, Milligan College and St. Olaf College.

This renewal grant comes at a time when the campus programs are flourishing, but also at a point where the original grant funds are being depleted. To allow the schools to continue their work and to weave their programs into an ongoing fabric of the schools’ offerings, the Endowment offers these renewal grants, which are intended to cover up to 50 percent of the costs of their programs for up to an additional three years.

Dr. Michael Peterson, professor of philosophy and director of the Transformations Program, said, “We are very grateful to Lilly Endowment for this support. Their original grant has had tremendous impact on Asbury College’s ability to offer creative programs to explore vocation. The Continuation Grant will continue to support a process of helping students make connections among their gifts, passions, career choice and the possibilities for making contributions to this world.”

In 2002, the College was awarded a $2 million grant to initiate the Transformations Project, a comprehensive program designed to infuse the campus with the Christian concept of vocation, to help all students consider in more depth the relationship between their faith and their vocational choices and to encourage a select group of talented students to consider church ministry.

Today, the Transformations Project involves 18 specific programs. Examples include: Impact Grants, which pay travel and expenses for students to use their talents and training in short term ministry service; Women in Ministry and Leadership, which encourages young women who are exploring their call to church ministry or secular careers, through conferences, retreats and mentoring; the Student-Parent Dialogue, which holds seminars and discussions for freshman students and their parents to discuss the aim of education as more than just a “paying job”; and the Lilly Scholar program, which funds excellent faculty proposals relating to vocation in a particular academic field.

"We are excited to continue the partnership with the Lilly Endowment by the continuance of the Transformations Program,” said Robert T. Bridges, vice president for institutional advancement. “It has had such an impact on our campus and with our students. This grant will only further the good work that has already been done."

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