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.

North Carolina Central University, the historically Black educational institution in Durham, received a $1.5 million grant from the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation for programs to increase the number of women and minorities pursuing degrees in STEM disciplines. The grant will fund scholarships for 40 students in STEM fields for four years.

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst received a $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to fund an exhibition this fall at the University Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibit is entitled “Du Bois in Our Time.” The exhibit coincides with the 50th anniversary of the death of W.E.B. Du Bois.

The University of Georgia received a five-year, $2,820,000 grant from the National Institutes for Health for research on how tuberculosis is transmitted in urban areas of Africa. There are 9 million new cases of TB in Africa each year.

Noah Kiwanuka, a professor at Makerere University in Uganda will serve as the principal investigator in Africa. He holds a master of public health degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

The United States Department of Education announced 14 grants to promote long-range improvement in science and engineering education at minority-serving institutions. Three historically Black colleges and universities are receiving funds under the program: Elizabeth City State University ($232,563), Texas College ($250,000), and LeMoyne-Owen College ($235,131).


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