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 National Nuclear Security Administration announced that it has awarded $4 million in grants to 22 historically Black colleges and universities to develop STEM programs at these institutions with the goal of increasing the number of graduates in Department of Energy-related fields. A complete list of the HBCUs receiving grants under the program is available here.

Michel DeGraff, a professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, received a five-year, $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study whether it is more effective to teach children in Haiti in their native Creole language rather than in French, the traditional language of instruction in the island nation.

The College of Nursing and Allied Health at the University of North Alabama in Florence received a four-year, $2.1 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant will support the university’s Opportunities for Entry Into Nursing program to support scholarships for minority and disadvantaged students.

Historically Black Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens received a $50,000 grant from AT&T that will support tutoring and mentoring programs aimed at increasing the graduation rates of Black males in the Miami-Dade County Public School System.

Delaware State University, a historically Black educational institution in Dover, received a $75,000 grant from the American Honda Foundation to create an Explorer’s Club program for after school and summer learning opportunities for students attending elementary and middle schools in neighborhoods near the university. The Explorer’s Club will meet at the Boys & Girls Club on the Delaware State campus.

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