Notable Higher Education Grants of Interest to African-Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants won by historically black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Edward Waters College, the historically Black educational institution in Jacksonville, Florida, received a challenge grant from the Michael and Kim Ward Foundation that may be worth as much as $1 million to the HBCU. The Foundation will donate $1 for every $2 raised by the college in its capital campaign between now and next summer. The money will be used for infrastructure and building improvements on the Edward Waters campus.

Historically Black Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, received a three-year, $306,000 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for a suicide prevention program on campus. The grant will fund education programs, workshops, and training initiatives. Two new staff members will be hired to train peer educators.

The University of Texas at Austin received a $3 million grant from the St. David’s Foundation to establish the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations.

Three historically Black universities are recipients of $100,000 grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for food safety projects.

Fort Valley State University in Georgia will research food safety procedures at small meatpacking plants.

Tuskegee University in Alabama will use grant money to train students in food safety.

Tennessee State University will investigate food safety in the poultry and pork product industries.

Historically Black Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina received a three-year, $99,285 grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities to support a program to integrate studies of India into the school’s curriculum.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania received a three-year, $361,500 grant from the Heinz Endowments of Pittsburgh for a program to increase the number of African American men in the teaching profession.


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