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 Coca-Cola Foundation has announced a series of grants totaling $5 million to 17 colleges and universities as part of its First Generation College Scholarship Program. Among the 17 colleges and universities receiving grants under the program are 11 historically Black colleges and universities. HBCUs receiving grant funds are Alabama A&M University, Alcorn State University, Bethune-Cookman University, Fayetteville State University, and Johnson C. Smith University. Also receiving grants are Kentucky State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Morehouse College, South Carolina State University, Texas Southern University, and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Each of the 11 HBCUs will receive $50,000 grants.

Fort Valley State University in Georgia, received a $1.8 million grant from the University System of Georgia to support faculty hiring in key core areas and in certain specific majors where increased faculty and lower student/faculty ratios are expected to increase student retention.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology received a three-year, $1,871,373 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop an academic leadership graduate certificate program aimed at increased the number of women of color in STEM fields at the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities.

The grant is under the direction of Orlando L. Taylor, president of the Washington, D.C., campus of the The Chicago School. Dr. Taylor is the former dean of the Graduate School at Howard University.

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