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.

Michigan State University received a three-year, $500,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to encourage Black and other minority students to pursue doctoral studies in biomedical sciences and engineering.

haaronPortraitTalladega College, the historically Black educational institution in Alabama, received a $104,000 grant from the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation. The gift will support the 4 for $ Endowed Scholarship program at the college. Hank Aaron, one of baseball best all-time players, and his wife Billye have made similar grants to several other colleges and universities.

The University of Delaware received a grant from the National Science Foundation for a follow-up survey to the 2003 American Mosaic Project. The new survey will examine the opinions of a sample of 3,000 Americans on how race and religion shape American identity and experience. The project is under the director of Eric Tranby, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Delaware.

Historically Black Norfolk State University in Virginia received a $120,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for programs to increase the number of minority students in nursing degree programs.

Alabama State University, the historically Black educational institution in Montgomery, received a $800,000 grant from the state for funding of the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights Interpretive Center. The new center will be located on the university’s campus near the football stadium. The center is scheduled to open in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March in 2015.


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