Franklin College Receives $50,000 Grant from Branigin Foundation

By Franklin College | | 1.22.24

Franklin College has received a $50,000 grant from the Elba L. and Gene Portteus Branigin Foundation. The funds will be used to continue the Branigin Engaged Learning Program, building out opportunities for entrepreneurial programming and supporting a new focus on department-specific outreach activities to Hoosier high school students.

In 2016, the Branigin Foundation provided a grant of $100,000 to establish the Elba L. and Gene Portteus Branigin Engaged Learning Program at Franklin College. The funding allowed the college to expand its distinctive engaged learning opportunities for students, a hallmark of the Franklin College experience.

Franklin College President Kerry N. Prather expressed gratitude for the enduring relationship between Franklin College and the Branigin Foundation, stating, “The Branigin Foundation has been a steadfast and enthusiastic partner over many years. The Foundation’s ongoing support facilitates a range of uniquely impactful experiences for our students.”

Franklin College prioritizes active, engaged learning experiences at the core of the curriculum. The Branigin Engaged Learning Program helps the college provide unique experiential opportunities in many areas, including undergraduate research and professional development.

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Kristin C. Flora, Ph.D., expressed, “This funding will create chances for our students to engage in hands-on research projects with faculty and gain valuable professional development, equipping them for impactful careers and meaningful lives. It will also allow our faculty to expand their critical role in the student recruitment process in a more creative and meaningful way, with concerted efforts to introduce Johnson County high school students to the many opportunities available to them at Franklin College.”

For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.

About Elba L. and Gene Portteus Branigin Foundation

The Elba L. and Gene Portteus Branigin Foundation was created in 1986 by Gene Portteus Branigin. The Foundation encourages and supports civic, educational, charitable, religious and public benefit organizations located primarily in Johnson County and Central Indiana. The Foundation continues the Branigins’ legacy of providing financial support for the organizations that help enrich the lives of Hoosiers.

About Franklin College

Founded in 1834, Franklin College is a residential liberal arts and sciences institution located 20 minutes south of Indianapolis. Franklin offers a wide array of undergraduate majors as well as master’s degree programs in Physician Assistant Studies and Athletic Training. The unique curriculum merges classroom instruction with immersive experiences, research opportunities and study away programs. Students participate in 21 NCAA Division III sports, esports, Greek life, musical and theatre productions and more than 40 student organizations. As the first college in Indiana to become coeducational with the admission of women, Franklin welcomes diversity of thought, belief and person into a community that values equity and inclusion. Franklin College maintains a voluntary association with the American Baptist Churches USA. For more information, visit Find Franklin College on Facebook, follow @FranklinCollege on X, formerly known as Twitter, and watch FranklinCollegeGrizzlies on TikTok.