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.

Oregon State University received a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to improve the retention and graduation rates of minority students in STEM-related disciplines. Some of the funds will be used to support undergraduate research programs.

Historically Black Alabama State University in Montgomery received a four-year, $778,329 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a program to increase the success rate of minority students in graduate level programs in STEM fields. Auburn University and historically Black Tuskegee University will partner in the grant program.

The School of Nursing at Rutgers University-Camden received a $250,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a program to increase the number of minority students who pursue careers in nursing. The program will provide college preparatory studies for health care paraprofessionals from underrepresented minority groups who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Historically Black Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, received an anonymous $2 million donation. The donation is the largest gift from a single donor in the college’s history. The funds will be used to “support the long-term stability of the college.”

Stony Brook University, part of the State University of New York System, received a $1.4 millon grant from the National Institutes of Health for programs to increase the retention and graduation rates of undergraduate and graduate students in biomedical science disciplines.

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