Indianapolis, Indiana – July 21, 2016 –Butler University has been awarded $21,000 by the ECMC Foundation to fund five educational programs that benefit the Indianapolis community and Butler students. The University will match a portion of the grant, adding another $10,000 of funding, raising the total to $31,000 for these programs.
The money will be divided evenly among the five programs, which are:
–My First Patient Program, which will provide first-year pharmacy (P1) students an overview of the general laboratory procedures associated with individual health.
–Hinkle Academy of Wellness and Sport Leadership, which is a wellness awareness and development summer program designed for underprivileged youth in the metropolitan Indianapolis area.
–The Bullying Awareness and Prevention eLearning Program, designed and developed for K-12 schools and school districts who are searching for meaningful ways to train their students, school staffs, families, and the community about Bullying Awareness and Prevention.
–Taking Indiana History to the Fourth Grade, which provides every public elementary school in the state with two copies of The Gifts of Indiana chapter book (authored by a team of Butler University students in education) and the creation of an online learning experience and curriculum guide for use with the book.
–Student-to-Student Development, which are conferences meant to provide the opportunity for young leaders in Indianapolis high schools to learn how to implement The Butler Way into their personal lives, school experiences, and communities.
The grant came about when a longstanding client of the Butler Business Consulting Group, Premiere Credit of North America, made the BBCG aware of the opportunity to apply for an ECMC Foundation grant. ECMC, the parent company of Premiere Credit, and its Foundation, channels grant funds into the communities they serve.
BBCG executive director Trent Ritzenthaler coordinated efforts with various associate deans across campus to develop and submit a number of creative ideas for grant-funded programs.
The “Top 5” ideas selected by the ECMC Foundation were presented to the company’s employees to vote on those that would ultimately be funded.
“Butler is excited to kick-start and implement these programs, and the BBCG is excited to have expanded our relationship with Premiere Credit and ECMC Foundation to bring added value to the broader university and our Indiana communities,” Ritzenthaler said.
The ECMC Foundation is funded by ECMC group, and aims to make positive differences in education across the nation. They have three main focus areas—college success, career readiness, and teacher and leader development—and invest in programs they believe will enhance academic achievement.
The Butler Business Consulting Group is a consulting business designed to serve Indiana companies by offering innovative strategies that support profitable growth. Their team of experienced professionals leverage the University’s resources to help solve business challenges.
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