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Grace Receives $997,791 Lilly Grant

Dec 18, 2004

According to the lead story in this morning’s Warsaw (IN) Times-Union newspaper, Grace College has received a grant of nearly $1 million from Lilly Endowment, Inc. as part of Lilly’s initiative to recruit and retain intellectual capital for Indiana higher education institutions.

According to Grace’s president, Dr. Ron Manahan, the grant will be used to expand one existing program and to launch two new ones. Manahan said, “The purpose of these initiatives is to draw additional intellectual resources to Indiana through faculty and students.”

The announcement says the money will be used for three programs. The first is to establish a Criminal Justice Administration program that will be held by a widely-experienced faculty and that will complement the college’s existing Criminal Justice program.

Second is to refocus and upgrade the Communication and English programs by increasing the intellectual capacity among faculty and placing greater emphasis on organizational communication, business communication, and communication arts.

And third, the college will establish an honors academy (Millennial Scholars Academy) to attract additional gifted students to the college.

Dr. David Plaster, vice president for academic affairs, says, “These changes will make Grace much stronger academically and, in the end, will be directly beneficial to students.”

Grace is one of 37 colleges and universities in Indiana that received grants from the Endowment. A total of $100 million was distributed in 2004 for this latest initiative. Further information is available from John Boal in the college’s advancement office at