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 the District of Columbia, the historically Black educational institution in the nation’s capital, received a $277,830 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for its Upward Bound program to help students from disadvantaged families prepare for college.

Historically Black Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, received a $172,000 grant from Project L.I.F.T. to fund the university’s Charlotte’s Web, a technology mentoring program for 9th and 10th grade students in area high schools. The program targets African American and Latino male students in low-income neighborhoods.

Xavier University, the historically Black educational institution in New Orleans, received a $500,000 grant from the UNCF/Merck Science Initiative for programs to increase the number of students pursuing degrees in STEM fields, particularly the biological and chemical sciences.

Historically Black Spelman College in Atlanta received a $100,000 geant from the National Endowment for the Arts for a science-fiction multimedia project called HERadventure. The project is the work of filmmaker and digial media artist Ayoka Chenzira, a professor of film and women’s studies at Spelman.

Dr. Chenzira is a graduate of New York University and holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Benedict College, the historically Black educational institution in Columbia, South Carolina, received a five-year, $3.4 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for programs to help local-area high school students prepare for and succeed in college.



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