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.

Florida International University received a five-year, $4.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to support the university’s Minority Biomedical Research Support/Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement program. The grant will provide scholarship support for 15 undergraduate and 16 graduate students.

Historically Black North Carolina Central University in Durham received a $100,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation to support student scholarships and other forms of financial assistance.

Terreia S. Jones, an assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, received a four-year, $142,750 grant from the National Cancer Institute to support her research on glioblastoma, the most common type of brain tumor. Dr. Jones’ research will examine how drugs used to treat these brain tumors change the tumor cells in order to gain a better understanding of treatment resistance.

Dr. Jones is a graduate of Mississippi State University. She earned a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

The University of Missouri Kansas City received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how increasing the diversity of the healthcare workforce and improved diversity awareness in the workforce can impact racial health disparities in the general population. The university’s medical, dental, nursing and pharmacy schools will all participate in the program.

Jackson State University in Mississippi received a $250,000 donation from Alma Dent and Winston R. Pittman. The gift prompted the university to name the auditorium at its College of Business in their honor. The Pittmans own automobile dealerships in Kentucky, Ohio, and Georgia.

The nursing schools at the University of California at Los Angeles and the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science will collaborate on a five-year, $1.4 million grant from the National Institute of Health on a program designed to increase the number of nurses from underrepresented minority groups who pursue careers in research.

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