Here 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 Hampton University in Virginia has been selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to be the lead institution on a $3.8 million grant project to conduct research on the past and present habitability of Mars and Venus. The program is entitled the Living, Breathing, Planet Project.
Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, received a five-year, $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to recruit and retain faculty members from underrepresented minority groups.
Tennessee State University, the historically Black educational institution in Nashville, received a $987,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to launch a program to increase the number of Black and other minority students in Ph.D. programs in STEM fields. Under the program, students at Tennessee State University will be groomed for doctoral programs in the sciences at Vanderbilt University.
Equal Opportunity Schools received a $1.5 grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation for programs to identify and place low-income and minority students in Advanced Placement courses in the nation’s high schools.
Historically Black Fayetteville State University in North Carolina received a $100,000 donation from Clarence E. Lloyd Jr., an alumnus and a radiologist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.