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.

Spelman College, a liberal arts college for African American women in Atlanta, received a $250,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish a curatorial studies program in an effort to increase diversity in the field. Ten students will be chosen for the program. Those selected will take courses in the subject, participate in internships, and receive mentoring from professionals in the field.

The University of Michigan and the Georgia Institute of Technology are leading a $5 million grant program funded by the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. The Vertically Integrated Project (VIP) will provide research opportunities for undergraduate students with a special focus on underrepresented minority students. Among the partner institutions in the consortium are historically Black Morehouse College and Howard University.

Historically Black Alcorn State University in Mississippi has received a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council to conduct an oral history project about the university during the civil rights era. The project will conduct interviews of students who were undergraduates at Alcorn State during the years 1960 to 1969. The interviews will be transcribed at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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