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TPF Collaboration with Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Generates Generous Scholarship Opportunities to Region

Posted on April 13, 2020 by Joni S. Steinberg, PhD., consultant with The Patterson Foundation

At the height of the Great Recession ten years ago, graduate school applications increased an estimated 5% over the prior year, greatly exceeding prior year application growth rates. Many in 2008 found their own professional prospects more limited than expected and decided to rewrite their own stories, investing in themselves by pursuing graduate studies. I saw this surge firsthand as a graduate school professor in health administration and public health and believe that those who invested are now with enhanced capacity to strengthen their contributions to people, organizations, and their communities.

Although our current difficult situation isn’t an exact replay of 2008, this could be a time for creatively reframing thinking from constraints and limitations instead to opportunities. As we face these disruptive times, many individuals are redefining how they can personally grow and add value, seeking opportunities to enhance their professional contributions in the philanthropy arena.

Over the last year and a half, The Patterson Foundation (TPF) has been collaborating with Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy (LFSOP) to address together the future of the philanthropic sector through TPF’s Fellows Program for one or more LFSOP graduates and a recent Study Away experience for LFSOP students. LFSOP is the first school dedicated solely to the study and teaching of philanthropy. TPF’s developing collaboration with LFSOP has generated additional valuable opportunities to those in TPF’s four-county area of Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota Counties, as LFSOP has recently announced generous scholarship opportunities for those in these communities.

On March 25, Pamela Clark, director of Student Services and Admissions at LFSOP, connected to and conversed with 38 participants from the four counties via Zoom. She described LFSOP’s Graduate Certificate in Philanthropic Studies, Certificate in Philanthropic Fundraising, and Masters in Philanthropic Studies. Pamela’s Information Session, originally scheduled to be held at the Hyatt Hotel (with a Zoom option), was quickly adapted to a virtual format as virus response conditions unfolded.

Pamela shared program details along with a very generous scholarship and application fee waiver offered by the LFSOP Dean. Those from our four-county region applying for 2020 Fall admittance can obtain an application fee waiver. They will also receive a $500/credit hour scholarship, close to a 50% reduction in tuition and fees. Certificates require 4-5 courses (with the ability later to apply earned credits to a masters); The Masters in Philanthropic Studies requires 12 courses. All graduate programs can be completed on campus or online, enabling participation for those continuing to work in their own professional settings. Learn more about LSFOP offerings here: Graduate study and scholarship opportunities at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Contact Pamela Clark ( to inquire further about LFSOP opportunities.

LFSOP is dedicated to improving philanthropy to improve the world by training and empowering students and professionals to be innovators and leaders who create positive and lasting change. When, more than now, is positive and lasting change needed?

At this time, I’m reminded of Biz Stone’s quote from Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind. “Constraint inspires creativity.”

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