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.

hull-kinekaHistorically Black Winston-Salem State University received a four-year, $400,000 grant from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services for a program to reduce teen pregnancy in Montgomery County, North Carolina. Under the program, students in middle school will receive instruction with incentives for participating and rewards for completing the program. The grant is under the direction of Kineka Hull, director of academic services and an instructor in health care management in the university’s School of Health Sciences.

abebiyiAdebowale Adebiyi, an assistant professor in the department of physiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis has received a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to examine the process of blood flow to the kidneys of newborns. Dr. Adebiyi is a graduate of the University of Lagos in Nigeria. He holds a Ph.D. in muscle pharmacology from the National University of Singapore.

Historically Black South Carolina State University received a $1 million grant from the South Carolina State University Foundation that will be used to meet the unmet financial need of incoming and returning students in an effort to boost recruitment and retention rates.

North Carolina Central University, the historically Black educational institution in Durham, received a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to continue its program of training faith-based and community organizations in emergency preparedness.

Historically Black Morgan State University in Baltimore received a $60,000 grant from the Dominion Foundation to study the blue crab population in the Chesapeake Bay near Calvert Cliffs. The ongoing study is being conducted at the Morgan State University-Patuxent Environmental and Aquatic Research Laboratory (PEARL) in St. Leonard, Maryland.

Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, received a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense for programs to increase the number of Black and other minority students in STEM fields. The grant supports a six-week summer program for middle school youth.

Fayetteville State University, the historically Black educational institution in North Carolina, received two grants totaling $245,000 from the Small Business Administration. The grants will support programs to train veterans in the School of Business and Economics and to support the work of the university’s Veterans Business Outreach Center.

Historically Black Florida A&M University in Tallahassee received a $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support a research program at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.

Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, received a $100,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Science to fund an exhibit showcasing African American philanthropy.

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