May 8, 2023

Eli Lilly funds equitable access to higher education for Indiana’s immigrant population



Last week, Eli Lilly announced it is giving $500,000 to local nonprofits that assist Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, or “Dreamers.”

The announcement comes after a bill that would give Dreamers access to in-state tuition ultimately failed to make it out of the Statehouse.

Patrik Jonsson, vice president of Eli Lilly, said the company hopes for legislation that gives immigrant populations equitable access to higher education and good jobs.

“We proudly employ DACA recipients and we strongly advocate for sensible immigration reforms,” Jonsson said. “We think it's important to support a very diverse and skilled workforce. we need to make sure that we upgrade all of our residents in Indiana to compete successfully.”

The money was given to the Indiana Latino Institute, Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance, La Plaza, and Sociedad Amigos de Colombia. Applicants may apply for educational assistance through any of these organizations or through the Central Indiana Community Foundation.

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