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.

aamar-HiResEmory University in Atlanta received a $970,000 grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration for a program to increase opportunities for underrepresented minorities to become leaders in the nursing profession. The grant will fund the university’s Building Undergraduate Nursing’s Diverse Leadership at Emory (BUNDLE) program that provides scholarships, mentoring, and networking opportunities for minority students. The program is under the direction of Angela Amar, an associate professor of nursing. Dr. Amar holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the Louisiana State University Medical Center and a Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania.

Historically Black Tennessee State University in Nashville received a $500,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture for research on preventing foodborne illnesses and to increase food safety.

IU GrantThe Black Film Center/Archives at Indiana University in Bloomington received a $150,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant will fund a project entitled “Richard E. Norman and Race Filmmaking: Reprocessing and Digitization.” Norman was a White filmmaker who made Black-oriented films that did not include the racist stereotypes used by many of his peers. From 1919 to 1928, he produced a large number of silent films. Only one, The Flying Ace, a 1926 fictional account of a Black pilot during World War I, survives. The archive at Indiana University includes original scripts, marketing materials, and the personal correspondence of Richard E. Norman.

maliphotoMichigan State University received a $300,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to create the digital Archive of Malian Photography. The project will digitize more than 100,000 black-and-white negatives from four African photographers in Mali dating back to 1940. The grant program is under the direction of Candace Keller, an assistant professor of African art, art history, and culture at Michigan State University.

Historically Black Fort Valley State University in Georgia received a four-year $5.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to fund its Head Start program through 2019. The program will support childcare facilities in six counties. The child development program at For Valley State will also benefit from the grant.



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