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.

Historically Black Virginia Union University in Richmond received a two-year $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a physics and pre-engineering major at the university.

Roxbury Community College in Massachusetts, an educational institution with a predominantly Black student body, received a $300,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Education for programs to increase graduation rates and reduce achievement gaps in higher education. The grant will fund a new coaching and advising program to encourage students to complete their degrees and help them transfer to the University of Massachusetts at Boston to enter bachelor’s degree programs.

The U.S. Department of Education issued grants totally $2.7 million to 12 colleges and universities that serve predominantly minority student populations in an effort to increase participation in STEM-related fields. Among the 12 schools are two historically Black colleges and universities Florida A&M University ($239,240) and Texas College ($250,000).

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