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.

Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, received a $238,990 grant from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education for scholarships for students from underrepresented groups who want to pursue careers as teachers in K-12 STEM fields.

Morgan State University, the historically Black educational institution in Baltimore, received a $150,000 grant from the Maryland Department of Commerce for a program to enhance the state’s oyster aquaculture industry.

The Center for Arkansas History and Culture at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock received a $106,908 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to digitize materials relating to racial segregation and the integration of Arkansas’ educational system. The project will include the digitization into one online archive of the documents and photographs held at the Center for Arkansas History and Culture, the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, and the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site.

vanessa-duren-winfieldHistorically Black Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina received a three-year $351,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health for a program to study risk factors of cardiovascular disease among African American college students. The research will be under the direction of Vanessa Duren Winfield, an assistant professor of healthcare management in the university’s School of Health Sciences.

The Association of American Publishers is funding paid summer internships for students at United Negro College Fund member institutions. Tina Jordan, vice president at the Association of American Publishers said that “attracting African American student interns to the publishing industry is an important step our member organizations are taking to expand workforce diversity and inclusion efforts.” Internships will be offered to juniors and seniors at HBCUs with a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average and a record of leadership and community service. Internships will be available at publishers in New York, Washington, Boston, and St. Louis.

Fordham University received a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities to fund research on the practice of “child-gifting” in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century France. Child gifting refers to the practice of purchasing or kidnapping dark-skinned children in Africa and elsewhere. These children were given to upper-class French women as travel souvenirs and fashion accessories.


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