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 California, Riverside received a four-year, $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a research and mentoring program for undergraduates that aims to increase the number of underrepresented minority students who want to prepare for careers as college and university faculty members.

Jarvis Christian College, the historically Black educational institution in Hawkins, Texas, received a grant from the HBCU Center for Excellence at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. The grant will support the development and implementation of a campus-wide program on preventing substance abuse and deterring violence.

The University of Illinois at Chicago received a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to train African American and Latino science teachers for positions in the Chicago Public School System. Over the past several years the percentage of all teachers in the Chicago public schools who are Black has dropped from 40 percent to 25 percent.

The divinity school at Shaw University, the historically Black educational institution in Raleigh, North Carolina, received a three-year, $500,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment. The grant will be used to establish a development office at the divinity school in order to raise funds for student scholarships.


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