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.

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and the University of Maryland received a two-year, $435,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to support their Stay the Course program that is designed to boost retention rates of low-income community college students. Catholic Charities Forth Worth is partnering with the two universities on the project.

Historically Black Morgan State University in Baltimore received a three-year, $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the founding of the Benjamin A. Quarles Humanities and Social Sciences Institute at the university. The goal of the institute is to increase enrollment, retention, and graduation rates of students majoring in the humanities and social sciences and to prepare them for graduate study.

The University of Kentucky received a $447,770 grant from the National Science Foundation to support mentoring programs aimed at increasing the number of African American and other minorities in the university’s engineering programs.

The Lincoln University, a historically Black educational institution in Pennsylvania, received a $73,000 grant from the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust for need-based scholarships for students attending the university from nearby counties. Students must have a 2.5 grade point average to qualify for the scholarships.

Cleveland State University in Ohio received a $5.5 million grant from the Cleveland Foundation to support the Partnership of Health of the university and the Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown. The grant will support programs to recruit and train medical students from underrepresented groups.

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