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.

Historically Black Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, received a grant from the A.J. Fletcher Foundation to produce a documentary film about the university. The hour-long documentary will feature the university’s history and its commitment to serving the community. The plan is to have the film finished in time for the university’s 150th anniversary on December 1.

Texas Southern University, the historically Black educational institution in Houston, received a $100,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support the development of the Gulf Coast HBCU/Community Equity Consortium. The new group will form community/university partnerships to deal with social inequality and healthcare of children and adults in several urban communities in the states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.

Historically Black Morgan State University in Baltimore received a $100,000 grant from the Maryland Innovation Initiative to support research on a new system that produces energy from poultry litter.

Hampton University, the historically Black educational institution in Virgina, received a $517,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the creation of the Center for Teaching and Learning in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. The center’s goals will be to increase student success in all disciplines through exposure to and engagement with the humanities, arts, and social sciences.

Historically Black Tuskegee University in Alabama received a $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the university’s efforts to launch bachelor’s degree programs in music and the visual arts. The grant will be used to hire faculty and to purchase equipment to support the new majors.

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