Congratulations to Hanover College for receiving a nearly $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. that will enhance the school's efforts to help its graduates find employment in Indiana.

The grant addresses one of the state's greatest needs - keeping well-educated young people from leaving for other destinations.

The award was part of $62.7 million in grants given to 39 accredited Indiana colleges and universities through the third round of Endowment's Initiative to Promote Opportunities Through Educational Collaborations.

The grant will augment the College's Business Scholars Program and its new Healthcare and Biomedical Sciences Program.

Hanover President Sue DeWine welcomed the news. "Hanover College's Business Scholars Program and our new Health and Biomedical Science Program are unique in that they combine the liberal arts with career preparation. Both identify ways to reach out to employers and connect them with Hanover graduates. The state's economy will benefit, and, most importantly, our students will greatly benefit from this program. These programs will keep talented graduates in the state helping to solve business, government and education problems."

Hanover has made it a goal to match employers with graduates who meet their needs. Established in 2004 with funding from the first two rounds of the Endowment's initiative, the Biomedical Science Program places 98 percent of its graduates in jobs or post-graduate programs within six months of graduation.

One goal of the latest grant is to help establish a statewide network of businesses and alumni to link students with mentoring, internship and employment opportunities in Indiana.

Lilly has put a lot of money behind the initiative to keep the best of our young people at home. Hanover, too, is making that commitment.