USF among nine Indiana schools getting theology grants

December 2, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Nine Indiana schools, including the University of Saint Francis, are among 82 private, four-year colleges and universities nationwide that will share nearly $45 million in grants from the Lilly Endowment Inc. to develop youth theology institutes.
The Indianapolis-based endowment announced the grants Monday as part of its effort to identify and cultivate theologically minded youth who will become leaders in their churches and society.

“These colleges and universities are well-positioned to reach out to high school students in this way,” Christopher L. Coble, vice president for religion at the endowment, said in a written statement. “They have outstanding faculty in theology and religion who know how to help young people explore the wisdom of religious traditions and apply these insights to contemporary challenges.”

The endowment says the 82 grantees are creating summer institutes and other programs to encourage young people to study theology and examine how their faith calls them to lives of service.
The Indiana schools include Goshen, Holy Cross, St. Mary’s and Wabash colleges; Huntington, Indiana Wesleyan, Marian and Taylor universities; and the University of Saint Francis.
The University of Saint Francis is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2015. Founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, USF offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, the university designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. The university will open a Downtown Fort Wayne Campus in the fall of 2016 that will feature business, entrepreneurship and music technology programs. Approximately 2,300 students from a broad geographic region currently attend USF for its academic excellence.