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.

Four universities in Virginia received a five-year, $3.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to support the Virginia-North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation. The program aims to recruit and retain minority students in STEM disciplines.

The four Virginia research universities in alliance include the University of Virginia, George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia Tech. Other schools that participate in the alliance are Bennett College, Elizabeth City State University, Johnson C. Smith University, and St. Augustine’s University, all of which are historically Black educational institutions in North Carolina. Piedmont Virginia Community College has also recently joined the alliance.

Cleveland State University in Ohio and the Northeast Ohio Medical University received a four-year, $400,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health for a program to address health disparities in urban settings.

James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, received a grant from the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority for programs to increase the number of students from underrepresented minority groups who pursue careers in the healthcare field.

The University of Alabama Birmingham received a four-year, $720,000 grant from the American Cancer Society to study whether a telephone-based palliative care intervention can reduce access disparities for veterans and minorities who have advanced cancer.

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