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.

Jackson State University, the historically Black educational institution in Mississippi, received a three-year, $299,797 grant from the National Science Foundation to establish an open source software community that will be operated by students majoring in computer science. The grant will allow students to participate in software development activities.

Historically Black Delaware State University in Dover received a $125,000 grant from the Delaware Department of Education to improve teacher education programs.

South Carolina State University, the historically Black educational institution in Orangeburg, received a three-year, $399,940 grant from the National Science Foundation to forge a partnership with Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College. The grant will be used to bolster the physics programs at each institution by sharing resources and coursework materials. Students and faculty from both schools will work together on projects.

okekeIruka Okeke, an associate professor of biology at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, received a three-year $536,23 grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will fund undergraduate research on understanding bacteria. Dr. Okeke holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria.

Emory University in Atlanta received a $126,976 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to process the university’s archival collections of papers of nine African American women writers. The project is entitled, “Revealing Her Story: Documenting African American Women Intellectuals.”

Historically Black Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, received a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a program to help young African Americans with disabilities successfully transition into society. The project will seek to find jobs for young African Americans with emotional, intellectual, or behavioral disabilities.


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