For Immediate Release: Oct. 22, 2015
BLOOMSBURG — Lilly Endowment Inc. has given a grant of nearly $85,000 to Protestant Campus Ministry (PCM) at Bloomsburg University.
This grant will fund the Vocation Exploration Initiative at BU (VEI-BU), a large-scale program open to all undergraduate students. VEI-BU will offer experiences, knowledge and practical tools to help students make career and life decisions reflective of their faith, values and unique calling.
“Students need help to ask the right questions that will facilitate their discernment about careers, relationships and how they will steward their lives both now and into the future,” said the Rev. Jill Young, director of PCM.
The program, funded by Lilly Endowment through 2019, will bring nationally known speakers to campus each year. It also will include vocation exploration circles, a six-week process that uses ancient and contemporary theological resources and discernment tools from the broad Christian tradition.
“I encounter students in the College of Business who are seeking direction in the ‘big picture’ of vocation, and I’m delighted to be able to direct them to the events and resources that PCM is offering,” said Mary Lenzini Howe, director of BU’s Zeigler Institute for Professional Development (ZIPD).
PCM's partners on this initiative include ZIPD, BU’s Center for Leadership and Engagement, Princeton Theological Seminary’s Institute for Youth Ministry, and Bloomsburg area churches.
PCM is a multi-denominational fellowship that offers members of the university community opportunities for exploration and growth in the Christian faith. Its board is made up of local ministers, BU faculty and other community members. PCM relies on support from denominational bodies, including the Evangelical Lutheran Church, United Methodist Church and Presbyterian Church (USA), as well as local churches and individual donors.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.
About Lilly Endowment Inc.
The Endowment is one of the nation’s largest private foundations, which held assets of $10.1 billion at the end of 2014. Founded in 1937 by J.K. Lilly and his two sons, Eli and J.K. Jr., with gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical enterprise, the Endowment supports its founders’ interests in community development, education and religion. Although gifts of stock in Eli Lilly and Company remain the financial bedrock of the Endowment, it is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location.