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Grace Featured in Lilly Endowment Report

Apr 18, 2005

Grace College’s Orthopaedic Scholar Initiative is featured in the newly-issued 2004 annual report of Lilly Endowment, Inc. Grace received a $750,000 grant from the Endowment in December, 2003, which resulted in a partnership with orthopaedic companies in the Winona Lake/Warsaw (IN) area.

The Lilly report begins: “Within a few miles of Grace College’s campus in Winona Lake, Ind., an international engine of orthopaedic devices hums. In fact, nearby Warsaw is home to nearly two-thirds of the world’s market-share for orthopaedic devices, held principally by Biomet, DePuy Orthopaedics and Zimmer Holdings.

“But until recently, Grace College—once known primarily for its seminary—was not particularly proactive in linking its graduates to the high-paying, high-quality jobs that the local orthopaedic industry offers…

“….with the help of a $750,000 grant from the Endowment, Grace College created the Orthopaedic Scholar Initiative (OSI), a plan to build a solid connection between the college and the local orthopaedic industry.”

The report goes on to quote Michael Harstine, who teaches business at Grace College and is the program coordinator for the OSI program. A representative of one manufacturer, DePuy, described Grace students, “They tend to have very mature students who are also well-rounded, with a strong work ethic and a desire to succeed. Ethics are big here (at DePuy), and Grace College students tend to have ethics and integrity very much in line with our credo values.”

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