Efforts by the UM-related University of Evansville to reverse the "brain drain" in Southwestern Indiana received a large boost recently, thanks to a generous grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

The Endowment has approved a $375,000 extension to UE's Initiative to Promote Opportunity through Educational Collaborations. The program, which launched in 2003, is aimed at connecting UE graduates with meaningful employment inside Indiana. With the help of a 2003 grant from the Lilly Endowment, the program already has made dramatic progress toward that goal.

The grant announced recently is an attempt to take the program a step further by intensifying efforts.

"At the University of Evansville, we are committed not only to bringing the best and brightest to our campus, but to keeping these talented individuals in Indiana after graduation by connecting them with jobs in the state," said Gene Wells, director of career services at UE.

"This generous new commitment from the Endowment will allow us not only to keep those programs running but to intensify them by creating new positions and programs aimed at reversing Indiana's 'brain drain.'"