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 University of Kansas received a gift from retiring professor Sandra W. Gautt to establish the Gautt Teaching Scholar Fund. The fund will support the director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at the university.
Professor Gautt, who is retiring this spring and will be named professor emerita of special education, has been on the faculty since 1989. She has also served as associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and vice provost for faculty development. Dr. Gautt holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, all from the University of Missouri at Columbia.
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte received a $100,000 grant from the Hearst Foundations to support minority students enrolled in the master of science in nursing and doctor of nursing practice degree programs. The goal of the program is to increase the number of black and other minority nurses and nursing educators.
The University Pittsburgh received a five-year, $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development to examine the effectiveness of the agency’s programs in establishing democratic institutions in the nations of Burkina Faso, Chad, Cote D’Ivoire, and Niger.
Shaw University, the historically Black educational institution in Raleigh, North Carolina, received a $100,000 grant from the Cannon Foundation to make renovations in two residence halls on campus.
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which represents 47 historically Black colleges and universities, received a software grant from Microsoft Inc. that has a value of $8 million. Over the past nine years, Microsoft has donated software valued at $37 million to TMCF member institutions through its Technology for Good program.