The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) today announced that Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded CIC a grant of $6,897,375 to foster the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation among undergraduate students at independent colleges and universities. It is the largest grant ever received by the Council of Independent Colleges.
The new grant will support a sizable expansion of the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) initiative. Established in 2009, NetVUE now includes 154 member colleges and universities with ties to Protestant, Catholic, and other religious bodies as well as institutions with no religious affiliation. The grant (more than double the size of the largest grant previously awarded to CIC) will support three initiatives that will be launched in the coming year and run for approximately five years: (a) program development grants to NetVUE member institutions; (b) development of new scholarly resources for curricular use in vocational exploration; and (c) a program to strengthen the college chaplaincy at NetVUE member institutions.