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.

Historically Black Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, received a $100,000 grant from DEX Imaging Inc. The grant will fund a scholarship program for Meharry’s School of Graduate Studies and Research, including four scholarships for students in the school’s master of science in public health degree program.

The Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, received a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The grant will fund the Carolinas Alcohol and Drug Resources (CADRE) program that will target racial and ethnic minorities, and particularly African Americans, for HIV and hepatitis testing and for substance abuse treatment.

Historically Black Fayetteville State University in North Carolina received a $100,000 grant from the Smithfield-Luter Foundation of Smithfield, Virginia. The grant will fund a scholarship program for children and grandchildren of employees of Smithfield Foods who attend the university.

Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, received a three-year, $902,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a program to train instructors to teach computer science courses in schools in the predominantly Black Hartford public school system that currently do not have courses in the field. Teachers in the program will attend a six-week summer course and then begin to teach computer science courses to students in the fall of 2013.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is issuing grants to six universities in a program aimed at increasing the academic success rates of student athletes. Four of the six educational institutions in the three-year program are historically Black universities. Coppin State University, Jackson State University, and Tennessee State University each will receive $900,000 over three years. Norfolk State University will receive grants of $330,000 over three years.

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