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.

Historically Black Florida A&M University in Tallahassee has received two grants totaling $6 million from the National Nuclear Security Agency of the U.S. Department of Energy. Among the projects that will be supported by the grants will be research to provide solutions for dealing with improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

DrBenOniHistorically Black Tuskegee University in Alabama received a three-year, $525,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy that will fund a STEM Academy on Saturdays for students in K-12 schools in areas near the university’s campus. The grant program is under the direction of Ben Oni, an associate professor of electrical engineering at the university. Dr. Oni is a graduate of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. He holds a master’s degree from Wayne State University in Detroit and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri.

Howard University, the historically Black educational institution in Washington, D.C., received a $500,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment. The grant will support efforts by the university’s School of Divinity to strengthen its fundraising programs.

Virginia Union University, a historically Black educational institution in Richmond, received a $98,456 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant will fund the university’s learning community program called “Teaching African American Heritage Through Learning Communities.”


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