Here 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.
South Louisiana Community College in Lafayette received a five-year, $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to establish a Center for Minority Excellence on campus. The center will mentor and provide tutoring and other services for African American students. The program is under the direction of Krystal Martin, director of student success at the college. Dr. Martin holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Jackson State University in Mississippi.
Historically Black Virginia State University received a five-year $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund the university’s Educational Opportunity Center. The center provides counseling on admissions and financial aid to adults who want to enter or continue a college education.
The Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta received a $320,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation that will fund the publication of a special issues of American Journal of Public Health that will deal with racial disparities in oral health. Henrie M. Treadwell, founding director of Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved at the Morehouse School of Medicine, stated that the special issue “will look at ways to improve the current healthcare landscape for underrepresented groups.”
Alabama State University, the historically Black educational institution in Montgomery, received a five-year, $329,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education, to help local high school students make the transition to college. The funds will provide tutoring and counseling services to youths at 10 high schools. Leading the grant initiative is Acquanetta M. Pinkard, director of TRIO programs at Alabama State University.
Historically Black Fayetteville State University in North Carolina received a five-year $2,007,160 grant from the U.S. Department of Education, for programs to benefit adult and nontraditional students through counseling, tutoring, and other services to encourage continuing education.