Purdue University Northwest shares Lilly endowment grant to expand programs for K-12 students

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September 15, 2022



Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is among the statewide colleges and universities that have received funding under the Indiana Youth Programs at the Lilly Endowment Inc. campus. The initiative is designed to help higher education institutions deliver high-quality programming to K-12 students.

PNW received $583,000 to expand its existing summer camp offerings for youth and create new school year programs with optional college credits to create an on-ramp to college.

“We are proud to be part of this statewide initiative to strengthen the college and career paths of Indiana’s youth,” said Kenneth C. Holford, PNW Provost and Vice Chancellor for Business. academics. “This grant will support many of our academic programs by expanding opportunities for students in Northwest Indiana to explore interests that can lead to undergraduate majors.”

PNW will use Lilly Endowment funds to support camp programs that cover four themes: technology and business; engineering and science; Humanities and Social Sciences; and health sciences. These four themes encompass a wide range of student interests, have direct pathways to PNW undergraduate programs, and align with leading regional industries.

“Purdue Northwest has offered a wide variety of camps and special programs for many years to promote learning opportunities for youth throughout Northwest Indiana,” said Niaz Latif, PNW Project Manager for grant implementation Lilly, Dean of the College of Technology and Executive Director of the Center of Excellence in Commercialization and Manufacturing. “From robotics to cybersecurity to forensics, we engage hundreds of students each year with high-quality programs on our campuses. We are grateful to Lilly Endowment for supporting the expansion of these opportunities for young people to explore their interests.

From robotics to cybersecurity to forensics, we engage hundreds of students each year with high-quality programs on our campuses. We are grateful to Lilly Endowment for supporting the expansion of these opportunities for young people to explore their interests.

Lilly Endowment launched Indiana On-Campus Youth Programs in 2021 to assist Indiana colleges and universities in their efforts to create new programs or expand and enhance existing on-campus programs for Hoosier youth , aged 5 to 18. To date, the endowment has approved a total of $22.6 million in planning grants and program implementation grants.

“By supporting these efforts, we hope more Indiana youth will experience what it’s like to be on a college campus and participate in meaningful programs that can help them succeed in college,” said Ted Maple, vice president for education. at Lilly Endowment. “We are confident that these programs will not only contribute to the academic enrichment of young people, but also encourage them to consider higher education institutions as part of their life plans after high school.”

PNW offered more than 20 camps for elementary, middle and high school students during the summer of 2022. Many focused on STEM fields, such as robotics, engineering, construction, and cybersecurity. Others focused on developing leadership and innovation while the PNW athletics department offered a variety of sports camps.

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