Higher Education Grants of Interest to African-Americans

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

The University of Alabama at Birmingham, the Morehouse School of Medicine, and Tuskegee University received a five-year, $19 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to fund the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. The goal of the center is to conduct research on eliminating cancer-health disparities in underserved regions. The grant is a renewal of an earlier five-year grant. To date the grant program has trained 81 scholars to conduct cancer-related research.

Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, has received a $50,000 grant from the Children’s Defense Fund for a summer program for African American male elementary school students. The six-week program will involve 50 African American males who are in grades 3 to 5 who will participate in programs to increase reading, boost their self-esteem, and enhance positive attitudes toward learning. Claflin University education majors will teach and mentor the elementary school students.

Historically Black Fayetteville State University in North Carolina received a $625,000 grant from the U.S. Army Medical Command. Under the grant program the university will offer a master of social work degree program to active-duty military personnel at Fort Sam Houston in Texas.

The grant program is under the direction of Terri Moore-Brown, chair of the department of social work at Fayetteville State University. Dr. Moore-Brown is a graduate of Methodist University in Fayetteville. She holds a master of social work degree from East Carolina University, and a doctorate in higher education administration from North Carolina State University.

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