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.

Johnson C. Smith University, the historically Black educational institution in Charlotte, North Carolina, received a five-year, $339,189 grant from the National Science Foundation that will provide financial support for students in the field of cyber security. Students can receive full tuition scholarships, room and board, a book allowance, and a $20,000 stipend.

Howard University in Washington, D.C., received a $100,000 grant from the General Motors Foundation. The historically Black university will use the grant money to support its student robotics program, Engineers Without Borders, and other research initiatives.

The University of Michigan and Wayne State University will share a five-year, $2.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for their joint project, the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research. The center studies racial disparities in health for older African Americans relating to diabetes, stroke, heart disease, hypertension, and some types of cancer.

The University of Kansas received a $189,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to help fund a new institute on the reading and teaching of African American poetry. The institute will be held on the campus of the University of Kansas for three weeks next summer.

The project is under the direction of Maryemma Graham, a University Distinguished Professor of English at the university.

Clemson University in South Carolina was awarded a five-year, $439,920 grant from the U.S. Department of Agricultural for a program to increase the number of multicultural students in the field of food science and technology. Clemson will partner with Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College and Trident Technical College on the project. Under the program students will study for two years at one of the two technical colleges and then transfer to Clemson to complete their bachelor’s degree in food science.

Tuskegee University, the historically Black educational institution in Alabama, received a $1,046,881 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help support the university’s cooperative extension efforts. Some of the grant money will be used on renovation and building projects on the Tuskegee campus.

Historically Black Delaware State University received a $247,230 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a project entitled, “Increasing Horticulture Based Outreach and Extension Program Activities by Delaware Cooperative Extension.” The project is under the direction of Rose Ogutu, assistant professor and horticulture extension specialist at the university.

Johns Hopkins University received a five-year, $7.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to boost STEM education programs in the predominantly Black public school system in Baltimore. The program will provide professional support for 40 schoolteachers in STEM fields that will benefit more than 1,600 students in grades five through nine.

Here is a video that provides more details about the program.

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