The purpose of this fund is to support Taylor University for – scholarships, capital projects, operations, etc.
The Taylor University Fund was established in 2002 and has benefited the university in various ways. The first year, the fund was solely used to award student scholarships.
“Since that time the funds have been used in a broad and global way at Taylor,” said Kelsey Mitchener, Taylor University Coordinator of Scholarships & Stewardship.
Along with being used for scholarship assistance from the University to its students, the fund supports large-scale building initiatives like the Euler Science Complex and new programs like the Center for Scripture Engagement.
“Taylor University is grateful for its relationship with the Community Foundation of Grant County,” said Mitchener.
Taylor University was founded in 1846 and is one of the oldest evangelical Christian colleges in the United States. It is located in Upland, Indiana, and enrolls nearly 2,000 undergraduate students from 41 states and 37 foreign countries. Taylor University uniquely combines academic excellence with a distinctive discipleship community. It has various ministries within Taylor World Outreach (TWO) which give students the opportunity to love and encourage those within the campus community and those beyond in the surrounding community. One of the ministries, Carpenter’s Hands, partners with local churches in service projects assisting people with housing and building repairs. Another subgroup of TWO, Taylor Community Outreach, shares the love and gospel of Jesus Christ in Grant County through its thirteen outreach ministries which focus on children, teens, adults, non-English speakers, and athletes with disabilities.
Taylor is also defined by extensive global engagement through its student community, educational programs, and ministry opportunities. Taylor was ranked second among all baccalaureate institutions for the percentage of undergraduate participation in study abroad opportunities by the yearly Open Doors Report. In 2012-13, 518 Taylor students earned academic credit while studying in 42 foreign countries. In 2014, 85 students participated in cross-cultural ministry trips during the January term, and 180 students will participate in domestic and international mission trips over Spring Break, including trips based in Grant County.
The mission of Taylor University is to develop servant leaders marked with a passion to minister Christ’s redemptive love and truth to a world in need.