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Projects Funded

Illinois Board of Higher Education :: $2,871,845
Illinois Independent Colleges Capital Program (ICCAP)

Funding was used to renovate Crampton Hall and Whipple Hall, to install fire sprinkler systems in Ellis Hall and Fayerweather Hall, and to construct a new parking lot near Park Street and College Avenue. Remaining funds will be used in 2014 for other capital improvements on campus.  

U.S. Department of Education :: $1,100,000
TRiO (Student Support Services)

Illinois College's TRiO Student Support Services program is funded by a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This program is designed to help first-generation college students, students with disabilities and students from low-income families succeed in college and earn their baccalaureate degrees. The Student Support Services Program provides academic tutoring, advice and assistance in course selection; financial aid information and assistance; financial and economic literacy education; mentoring; career and personal counseling; and cultural programming. The grant also provides ongoing funding in support of the Yates Fellowship Program. The Student Support Services program serves at least 140 Illinois College students per year.
For more information, visit our TRiO page.
The Henry Luce Foundation :: $400,000 
Asian Studies and the Environment

The Henry Luce Foundation awarded this $400,000 LIASE (Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment) Implementation grant to Illinois College to expand its successful collaboration with Ritsumeikan University. The grant includes a broad program of activities including two summer seminars where Illinois College faculty are developing course modules incorporating Japan and environmental concerns. During the grant period, Illinois College environmental studies and science faculty will travel to Japan, where they will establish and strengthen connections with scientists in Ritsumeikan University labs and choose locations in Japan for students' Research Abroad internships. Illinois College will hold two interdisciplinary conferences at Illinois College involving faculty from Ritsumeikan University students who will conduct research with Illinois College faculty and participate in teaching. This four-year LIASE Implementation grant builds upon Illinois College faculty's accomplishments with a LIASE Exploration grant in the past two years.
For more information, click here.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation :: $214,000
Revision of General Education Program

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of New York City has awarded Illinois College a grant to implement its distinctive new general education program. This is the largest award Illinois College has received to date from the foundation. This grant allows faculty to work together as they develop new course modules using the most innovative teaching ideas. Based on learning communities, integrated learning, the inclusion of general education goals into majors, and universal capstone courses, the new Illinois College general education curriculum is designed to make liberal arts knowledge and skills students need for careers in the 21st century – effective communication, clear ethical standards and the ability to use statistics – accessible to all students, including those previously underrepresented in higher education. The new general education requirements begin with students who enter Illinois College in the fall of 2012 and will be gradually implemented as those students progress in their coursework.

For more information, click here.

National Endowment for the Humanities :: $200,000
NEH Challenge Grant for The Archives at Illinois College

This $200,000 challenge grant is being used to renovate and expand The Khalaf Al Habtoor Archives at Illinois College.  The college is using this federal grant to leverage $600,000 in non-federal donations to launch the Preserve+Share+Produce Humanities Initiative.  The plans for this initiative including hiring a full-time archivist, expanding space for archived materials and making archived resources more accessible to students, researchers and the public. The expanded archival facility within Schewe Library will improve archival storage capacity and the ability to solicit accessions from faculty, alumni and local organizations. The dedicated processing area will facilitate student work with processing and organizing records in a secure location. Perhaps most important, the plan will call for a research area that will allow scholars and researchers to access the materials and provide a space for faculty to work on projects with entire classes.  

For more information, click here.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation :: $100,000
Digital Tools for the Liberal Arts
Illinois College received this grant in support of the Digital Tools for the Liberal Arts initiative, which is preparing faculty and students to effectively use a new Digital Learning Center that has been installed in the college's Schewe Library. The Digital Learning Center offers an open, informal, collaborative learning space where faculty can work with students to inspire exploration, discovery and information exchange. Grant funding supports a professional development program involving faculty and students and led by professional librarians and information technology specialists during the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 academic years.
For more information, click here.  
Council of Independent Colleges/NetVUE :: $50,000
Fulfilling Lives: the Holistic Advising Project

With the help of a $50,000 grant from the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE), the “Fulfilling Lives: the Holistic Advising Project” will help students identify a purpose in life that connects their daily actions and careers to meaningful goals broader than their self-interest. NetVUE supports this two-year project through a generous Lilly Endowment, Inc. grant to the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). This project will enhance students’ vocational discernment, which encourages their reflection about individual courses and extra-curricular activities, religious identity and interfaith dialogue, as well as choosing a major and decisions about careers.  

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The Monticello College Foundation :: $24,500
Scholarships for Women

This grant will fund scholarships for seven outstanding female students during the 2015-2016 academic year. Through the Monticello College Foundation's steady support, Illinois College has been able to provide scholarships to more than 110 deserving young women. 

Illinois Board of Higher Education :: $21,339
Cooperative Work Study Program – IC Explorers

Illinois College used this grant to sustain the successful IC Explorers program, which provided internships to students in 2015. These clinical placements and cooperative work study positions were sponsored by employers in state government, private enterprise, health-related higher education and the nonprofit sector. IC Explorers internships encourage students to think critically, solve problems through teamwork, conduct independent research, develop an understanding of workplace dynamics, and prepare for fulfilling lives of leadership and service.

For more information, click here. 

Davee Foundation :: $15,000
Resources for History and Political Science

These grant funds are being used to strategically enhance learning opportunities for current and future students. The grant is purchasing resources for Schewe Library and the History and Political Science Department, supporting the development of the African American History curriculum and a portion of the grant is serving as matching funds for the $200,000 NEH Challenge grant mentioned above.

Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University :: $3,000
Enhancing the Curriculum

Professor Steve Hochstadt received this grant to bring guest speakers to contribute to a course on the Holocaust. 

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