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.

Bennett College, the historically Black educational institution for women in Greensboro, North Carolina, received a $125,000 grant from the Cannon Foundation to improve Wi-Fi services to campus residence halls and academic buildings. The funds will be used to add additional controllers to the campus Wi-Fi network where the connection has been weak or nonexistent. The grant program is under the direction of Andrena Coleman, associate vice president for administrative services at Bennett College.

Historically Black Kentucky State University in Frankfort received a $728,615 grant from the National Institute for Justice to support the university’s project entitled “Cognitive Human Factors and Forensic Document Examiner Methods and Procedures.”

Historically Black Mississippi Valley State University received a five-year, $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education that will be used to increase retention and graduation rates of first-generation, low-income undergraduate students.

Spelman College, the liberal arts educational institution for African American women in Atlanta, received a $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to incorporate new teaching and learning strategies into its curriculum. Faculty and peer tutors will be trained in “metacognitive learning,” or a thinking about thinking process.

Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland is leading the seven-member Northern Ohio Graduate Education and the Professoriate Alliance in a $3,730,000 grant program, funded by the National Science Foundation, to increase the number of Black and other minority students who pursue Ph.D. degrees in STEM disciplines.

Historically Black Tuskegee University in Alabama received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to obtain new equipment for research in the field of nanomaterials science and engineering. Among the new equipment funded by the grant will be an advanced field emission scanning electron microscope.

Delaware State University, the historically Black educational institution in Dover, received a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for programs to recruit and retain at-risk and first generation college students.

Historically Black Alcorn State University in Mississippi received a two-year, $254,000 grant from NEO Philanthropy Inc. to support the university’s School of Nursing Brave Reproductive Health Project. The grant will fund a mobile facility that will offer gynecological examinations and birth control services to teenage women in rural areas.

Tennessee State University, the historically Black educational institution in Nashville, received a $467,000 grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service for an effort to mobilize students from 10 HBCUs to participate in community service events on Martin Luther King Day.

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