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Ball Brothers Venture Fund issues grants

Bethel University is one of four universities to receive the funding.

INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) – Four of Indiana’s independent colleges will share $80,000 in seed funding for startup programs through the 2021 Ball Brothers Foundation Venture Fund competitive grant program. The recipients were selected from a field of 46 proposals among the state’s 30 private campuses.

The Ball Brothers Foundation established the grant program, which is administered by Independent Colleges of Indiana and were chosen by a panel of judges, including Rich Spisak – Ball Brothers Foundation; Lisa Gomperts – Schmidt Associates; Annie Mack – RHB; Cathy Waggoner – Design Collaborative; and Nick Wallace – BKD, LLP.

These programs are being funded:

Bethel University – $25,000 “Preparing Students for Jobs in Advanced Manufacturing: Bethel Engineering Laboratory”

Bethel’s grant will prepare students for jobs in advanced manufacturing through a new engineering laboratory and updated engineering and management degree. 

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology – $25,000 “The EMERGE Program: E-mentoring for 9th-grade Girls Interested in Engineering/Science Careers”

Rose-Hulman’s grant will support the continuation of EMERGE, an e-mentoring program to enhance both career awareness and academic achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for 9th grade girls. 

Saint Mary’s College – $25,000 “The Hatchery: An Innovation Center Dedicated to Women-led Entrepreneurship & Technical Skill Development”

Saint Mary’s grant will support the creation of “The Hatchery”—an innovative workspace and training center that will bolster the equity and inclusion of women of all ages, races and ethnicities, both in skilled positions in the regional workforce and as business and industry leaders. 

Marian University – $5,000 “Marian University Center for Financial Wellness: Financial Education and Empowerment & Investments Program”

Marian’s grant will be used in the creation of the Center for Financial Wellness (CFW) which will consist of two new programs: The Financial Education and Empowerment program (in partnership with Old National Bank) and the Bisigne Acuere (Investments) program. 


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