Bethel University receives 2021 Ball Venture Fund grant

Karis Kindinger

Bethel University was recently awarded $25,000 through the 2021 Ball Venture Fund grant. Sponsored by the Ball Brothers Foundation of Muncie, Ind., the Ball Venture Fund provides seed funding for initiatives to stimulate creativity and innovation and foster competition and collaboration among Indiana’s 30 private, non-profit campuses.

Bethel was one of four schools chosen to receive this grant, among 46 submissions received by Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI). The grant will be used to prepare students for jobs in advanced manufacturing through a new engineering laboratory and updated engineering and management degree. This project will transform Bethel’s ability to educate students in the engineering and management program and open our educational and training facilities to regional members of the workforce in need of retraining as technological and economic conditions change around the world.

“It is an honor to have been chosen to receive the 2021 Ball Venture Fund grant,” says Matt Lentsch, vice president for institutional advancement at Bethel University. “These funds will be stewarded well as we continue to develop our resources for our engineering and management program.”

In addition to the recently awarded LIFT grant, the Ball Venture Fund grant allows Bethel to further pursue opportunities to prepare its students and surrounding community for success in the engineering and manufacturing industries.

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