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.

The University of Virginia received a five-year, $350,000 grant from the William T. Grant Foundation to study if diverse peer groups benefit adolescents in middle schools. The research will be under the direction of Joanna Lee Williams, an assistant professor of educational psychology. Dr. Williams is a graduate of Brown University. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from Temple University in Philadelphia.

The University of California, Santa Cruz received a $1 million donation from alumna Julie Packard, the executive director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The funds are earmarked for academic support programs for underrepresented minority students in STEM fields.

Berkley-PattonThe University of Missouri-Kansas City received a $3.2 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health for a study on whether an HIV awareness program conducted at African American churches is an effective approach to reduce HIV/AIDS in the Black community. The “Taking It to the Pews” program will involve 30 churches in the Kansas City area and 12 churches in Montgomery, Alabama. The program is under the director of Jannette Berkley-Patton, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

DBARDELLDelgado Community College in New Orleans, Louisiana, received a grant from the Higher One Organization to conduct a Financial Literacy Boot Camp to educate the predominantly Black local community to make sound financial decisions. The program is under the director of Derek Bardell, an adjunct professor of business administration at the college. Professor Bardell is a graduate of Dillard University in New Orleans and holds two master’s degrees from Tulane University, also in New Orleans.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Higher Education Gifts or Grants of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Three African Americans Appointed to Leadership Positions in Diversity

The three African Americans appointed to diversity positions are Melanie Duckworth at the University of Nevada Reno, Doug Thompson at the University of Notre Dame, and Anthony Jones at Centre College in Kentucky.

Tuajuanda Jordan to Retire From the Presidency of St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Dr. Jordan has led St. Mary's College of Maryland for the past 10 years. She has previously held faculty and leadership positions with Xavier University of Louisiana, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Lewis & Clark College.

The White House Releases Report on “The Economics of HBCUs”

The report found that although HBCUs account for less than 3 percent of all higher education institutions in the United States, they have 8 percent of all Black undergraduate student enrollments and produce 13 percent of all bachelor's degrees earned by Black students.

Featured Jobs