LILLY ENDOWMENT GIVES $1.99 MILLION TO SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY TO INSPIRE NEW GENERATION OF LEADERS

SANTA CLARA, Calif.- Santa Clara University has been awarded nearly $2 million by Lilly Endowment Inc. of Indiana to create and enhance the Jesuit university’s programs for students, faculty, and staff to integrate faith commitments, professional choices, and a call to leadership in society.

The $1,996,552 five-year grant from the Endowment is the largest sponsored-project grant ever for the Jesuit, Catholic university, the oldest higher education institution in California. It was one of 39 grants to colleges and universities from the Endowment, totaling $76.8 million. In three years, the Endowment’s initiative called Programs for the Theological Exploration of Vocation has awarded grants totaling $171.3 million to 88 four-year church-related colleges across the U.S.

“These colleges have devised programs that encourage their students to reflect on how their faith commitments are related to their career choices and what it means to be called to lives of service,” said Craig Dykstra, the Endowment’s vice president for religion, in announcing the gifts.