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 North Carolina Central University in Durham received a five-year, $6 million grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The research project will examine binge drinking, fetal alcohol syndrome, liver disease, and alcohol-related cancers among African Americans. The School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina will partner with North Carolina Central University in the study. It received an addition $1.5 million.

Sandra_BarnesVanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support programs to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS among African American men who have sex with men. The grant program is under the direction of Sandra Barnes, a professor in the Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt. Barnes is a graduate of Fisk University in Nashville. She holds master’s degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta. Professor Barnes earned a Ph.D. in sociology at Georgia State University.

Bethune-Cookman University, the historically Black educational institution in Daytona Beach, Florida, has received a pledge from a local business operator to raise $100,000 to establish the Crossman & Company Endowed Real Estate Scholarship. The fund will provide a scholarship for a Bethune-Cookman student majoring in business or real estate.

Historically Black Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, received a $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a program to bring international scholars to Claflin as visiting professors in order to help students increase their knowledge of foreign cultures.

Morehouse School of Medicine, a historically Black educational institution in Atlanta, received a $3 million grant from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation. The funds will be used to renovate the medical education building and to complete construction of the new student pavilion.

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