Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

moneybagHere 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 Dillard University in New Orleans received a $127,000 grant for a research project comparing the oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 and off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, in 2015.

DrRoyJones_006.JPGClemson University in South Carolina received a $200,000 grant from Wells Fargo to support the university’s Call Me MISTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) program. The program aims to increase the number of Black men who pursue careers in public school education. The Call Me MISTER program is under the direction of Roy I. Jones, an associate professor of educational leadership at Clemson. Dr. Jones is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts. He holds a master’s degree in educational psychology from Atlanta University and an educational doctorate from the University of Georgia.

Grambling State University, the historically Black educational institution in Louisiana, received a $500,000 grant from the Louisiana Department of Education for improvements at the university’s Laboratory Middle School in Lincoln Parish. The funds will be used to hire a new assistant principal and several new teachers.

The University of Alabama Birmingham received a grant from the National Eye Institute for a project to see if a culturally relevant behavioral health intervention can improve medication adherence among older African Americans with glaucoma. African Americans are more than three times as likely as White Americans to develop glaucoma.

Haverford College, the high-rated liberal arts educational institution in Pennsylvania, received a seven-figure donation from a graduate of the college who wishes to remain anonymous. The money will be used for scholarships and for strategic initiatives aimed at diversity and sustainability.

Historically Black Tennessee State University in Nashville received a $930,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for research on cyber security for energy delivery systems. The grant is part of a five-year, $28.1 million research project led by the University of Illinois.

The University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University, and Northeastern Illinois University are sharing a five-year, $17.4 million gran from the National Cancer Institute. The money will be used to establish the Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative that will have the goal of eliminating the racial disparity in cancer rates in the Chicago area.

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