Avila U Receives Grant to Help Explore Vocations

KANSAS CITY, Mo.– Avila University has been selected to receive a NetVUE Program Development Grant in the amount of $50,000 to be used Jan. 1, 2013-Jan. 31, 2015, the Council of Independent Colleges announced. Avila is among 33 NetVUE institutions selected in the first round of recipients of this award, meant to deepen the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation among undergraduate students. The grants are made possible by donations to the Council of Independent Colleges by Lilly Endowment Inc.

The grant will consist of $25,000 distributed each of the next two years.

“This grant will help students explore vocation … this is, the meaning and purpose in their lives,” said Dave Armstrong, director of Campus Ministries and Mission Effectiveness. “It will help us to track the development and understanding of each person’s calling … not necessarily religious, but what God is calling them to do.”

There are three main ways the grant will be used. The first is to establish a program for students interested in becoming associates with the Sisters of St. Joseph. Second is to help send students to retreats at Jerusalem Farm, the volunteer community service retreat in Kansas City, Mo., sponsored by Avila University. The final project is to fund scholarships for low-income students to participate in travel courses at the University.

About Avila University: Avila University is a Catholic, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs.  Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd. in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.

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