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 Florida A&M University in Tallahassee received a donation of software products valued at $456,425 from Microsoft Inc. The software will be used by students, administrators, faculty, and staff. Michael James, chief information officers at the university, stated that the donation “will assist FAMU in its continued efforts to offer state-of-the art software access to its users, enhance the overall efficiency of our various departments and expand our technology-related community outreach”

Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond received a five-year $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who transfer from community college to bachelor’s degree programs in biomedical and behavioral disciplines.

scipioWayne State University in Detroit received a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation for a project to develop an asthma transition readiness mobile application for African American youth. The goal of the program is to help Black youth gain disease self-management and self-advocacy skills as they transition from pediatric to adult care. The grant program is under the direction of Wanda Gibson-Scipio, professor of nursing at Wayne State University.

Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, received a three-year $420,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to continue its Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program. The program’s goal is to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who want to pursue academic careers in the humanities. Under the program, 20 undergraduate students will receive stipends each year to work on humanities education, research, and training.

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