Higher Education Grants of Interest to African-Americans

money-bag-2Here 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.

Dr. Ed ReedThe College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, received a five-year, $250,000 grant from Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare to create a scholarship fund to honor Dr. Ed Reed, the first Black general surgeon in the city of Memphis and a leader in the effort to desegregate the surgical staffs of city’s hospitals in the 1960s. He practiced medicine in Memphis for more than half a century and was the first Black president of the Memphis chapter of the American Cancer Society. Dr. Reed died last fall at the age of 92.

The grant money will be used for five, $10,000 scholarships each year for students in financial need.

The State of New Jersey has pledged $500,000 for a college scholarship program to benefit women and minority students in construction-related fields at the state’s 19 county colleges. The program will provide up to $2,000 for women and minority students who are residents of New Jersey and are enrolled in eligible certificate programs in construction-related fields. The scholarships can be renewed for a second year.

Texas Southern University, the historically Black educational institution in Houston, received a $150,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for its Climate Education Community University Partnership program. The program will concentrate on educating community leaders and students about the causes and impacts of climate change.

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