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.

Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, received a five-year, $350,000 award from the William T. Grant Foundation for research on how nontraditional family structures shape children’s well-being. The project will focus on differences among families of different races and socioeconomic status.

urasa_isaiHistorically Black Hampton University in Virginia received a $225,728 grant from the National Science Foundation for an educational program to help local public school teachers develop laboratory science curricula. The program is under the direction of Isai T. Urasa, professor and chair of the department of chemistry at Hampton University. Dr. Urasa is a graduate of Hampton University. He holds a master’s degree from the University at Buffalo and a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Colorado State University.

North Carolina A&T State University, the historically Black educational institution in Greensboro, is the lead institution in a five-year, $5 million grant program funded by the U.S. Air Force. The grant will support research into control systems for unmanned vehicles on the battlefield.

Indiana University has been selected to receive a $180,000 grant over the next three years from the American Physical Society. The grant will fund a program to increase opportunities for underrepresented minority students to pursue doctoral degrees in physics.

The law school at historically Black North Carolina Central University in Durham received a $250,000 gift from John D. Fassett, an attorney and former law clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court. The gift will help fund an endowed professorship in constitutional law, human rights, and civil rights.

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