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.
Morgan State University, the historically Black educational institution in Baltimore has received a $500,000 donation from Willie Lanier, a member of the National Football League’s Hall of Fame. Lanier earned a bachelor’s degree in business and administration from Morgan State University in 1967. He is now chair of the Morgan State University Foundation. The gift will be used to establish the Willie E. Lanier Sr. Endowed Lectureship in Business Ethics at the university School of Business and Management.
Tulane University in New Orleans received a three-year, $1.6 million grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service. The funds will support programs at the university’s Cowen Center aims at increasing educational and employment opportunities for disadvantaged youth.
Historically Black Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina received a $100,000 grant from the Amica Mutual Insurance Company. The donation will help endow a scholarship fund for undergraduate students in honor of former chancellor Donald Reeves, who served from 2007 to December 2014.
Researchers at Auburn University and Tuskegee University in Alabama have received a $500,000 grant from the Agriculture and Food Research Institute of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The grant will examine how heir property — land that is owned collectively by several family members that has been handed down for generations — impacts land loss among rural African Americans.