October 5, 2017

Indianapolis Public Schools has received a grant in the amount of $2,871,400 from Lilly Endowment Inc. as part of the Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana K-12 students. IPS is one of 52 public school corporations and five charter schools in Indiana selected to implement plans to help meet the complex academic, college, career and social and emotional needs of their students.

The amount of the grant awarded to IPS was based on total district enrollment. The grant will allow IPS to fully fund the Future Centers planned for each of the four reimagined high schools and are scheduled to start operation in the 2018-19 school year. These centers will provide more robust guidance in navigating the six new College-and Career-Themed Academies comprised of 45 academic and choice pathways. Students will be able to work one-on-one with counselors to determine their college and career plans and apply for college financial aid, scholarships and employment.

“Indianapolis Public Schools is grateful for Lilly Endowment’s generous grant to support our reinvention of high schools,” said IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee. “We know that counselling services are critical as we pursue our goal that 100% of our students graduate from high school prepared to be enrolled in a post-secondary institution, enlisted in the armed services, or employed at a livable wage. We’re thrilled that the students and families we serve will benefit from this gift.”

Through the Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana K-12 Students, the Endowment has made a total of $26.4 million in implementation grants and $9.1 million in planning grants to help public school corporations and charter schools across Indiana improve strategies for school counseling. During the competitive implementation grant phase of the initiative, 254 public school corporations and charter schools submitted implementation proposals totaling nearly $90 million. The implementation grant to IPS is one of six implementation grants made to public school corporations and charter schools in Marion County.

“The response from school corporations and charter schools far exceeded the Endowment’s expectations,” said Sara B. Cobb, the Endowment’s vice president for education. “We believe that this response indicates a growing awareness that enhanced and expanded counseling programs are urgently needed to address the academic, college, career and social and emotional counseling needs of Indiana’s K-12 students.  We were most pleased to see how the schools engaged a wide variety of community stakeholders in assessing their students’ counseling needs and developing strategies to address them.”

About Lilly Endowment Inc.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. While those gifts remain the financial bedrock of the Endowment, the Endowment is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion and maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.