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 Houston in Texas received a five-year, $3.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation for programs to increase the number of women faculty in STEM disciplines. Special emphasis will be placed at recruiting and retaining women faculty of color in STEM fields.

Historically Black Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, received a $100,000 grant from the Young Clergy Initiative Fund of the United Methodist Church for an effort to recruit high school seniors to come to the university in order to study for the ministry.

smith_smHarris-Stowe State University, the historically Black educational institution in St. Louis, Missouri, received a $1.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant program entitled, “Increasing STEM Degree Production Through Undergraduate Research and Collaborations,” is under the direction of Dwayne Smith, vice president of academic affairs at the university. Dr. Smith holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, and earned a doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Howard University received nearly $11 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health. The grants will support research into HIV resistance in people with sickle cell disease, treatments for the Ebola virus, and will support the development of the new Center for Hemoglobin Research in Minorities (CHaRM).

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