Higher Education Grants of Interest to African-Americans

money-bagHere 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.

Bowie State University, the historically Black educational institution in Maryland, received a $125,000 grant from the Edward St. John Foundation for a scholarship program to improve retention and graduation rates of students in the sciences. The fund provides scholarships for students in business administration or mathematics majors with a dual degree concentration of mathematics and engineering.

Claremont McKenna College, the highly rated liberal arts institution in Claremont, California, received a grant from the Mathematical Association of America to fund an outreach program for middle and high school students. The goal of the program is to increase interest in the field of mathematics among students from underrepresented minority groups. The Gateways to Exploring Mathematical Sciences (GEMS) workshops takes place on Saturdays once a month.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina made a $100,000 grant to the nursing program at historically Black North Carolina Central University in Durham. The grant will be used to train nursing students and to sponsor nursing-related research. In appreciation of the grant, the university has named a laboratory/classroom at the nursing school the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Health Assessment Room.

The University of California at Los Angeles is leading an $11 million grant program funded by the National Institutes of Health aimed at reducing the higher rates of stroke and death from stroke among disadvantaged minority groups. The grant program will involved community-based interventions that aim to increase physical activity, reduce hypertension, eliminate smoking, and promote a healthy diet.

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