Notable Higher Education Grants Relating to African-Americans

The University of Texas at Arlington and Tarrant County Community College received a three-year, $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for programs to increase the number of minority students in the field of geology. The grant will allow the educational institutions to recruit 20 minority students for two years of study at TCCC and then transfer to the University of Texas at Arlington to complete their bachelor’s degree in the geosciences. Participating students will take a 10-day field trip to western states as part of the program.

Historically black Virginia State University received a $100,000 grant from the Cameron Foundation to establish a community service program for students at the university to work on neighborhood projects in communities surrounding the university’s campus.

Tennessee State University, the historically black educational institution in Nashville, received four grants totaling $1.3 million from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Science Foundation for research on cybersecurity issues.

Historically black Spelman College in Atlanta received a $500,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation for renovations to Laura Spelman Rockefeller Hall. The goal is to make one of the oldest buildings on campus more environmentally friendly.

Historically black Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, received a $499,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The university, in conjunction with Raytheon Corporation, will train small business entrepreneurs to compete for federal contracts.

Tuskegee University, the historically black educational institution in Alabama, is the lead institution administering a three-year, $9 million grant from the National Science Foundation to increase research programs in nanobioscience that will focus on developing lighter and strong building materials that are environmentally friendly. Joining Tuskegee in the research will be Auburn University, historically black Alabama A&M University, the University of Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of Alabama at Huntsville, and the University of South Alabama.


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