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.

Florida A&M University, the historically Black educational institution in Tallahassee, received a three-year, $400,000 grant from Northrop Grumman Corporation that will provide scholarships for students in STEM fields. The grant will also provide funds for a living/learning community for STEM students.

lisa-biggs-knight-foundationMichigan State University received a $100,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to fund an arts project that will explore the origins and impact of the 1967 civil unrest in Detroit. The project will use oral history, theater, dance, and poetry to tell the stories of women and girls who were in Detroit during the period. The project is under the director of Lisa Biggs, an assistant professor at the university. Dr. Biggs is a graduate of Amherst College in Massachusetts. She holds a master’s degree from New York University and a Ph.D. in performance studies from Northwestern University

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, a historically Black educational institution, received a $407,000 grant from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department that will be used to construct a pedestrian mall that will connect a parking lot to the main campus area. Funds will be used for pavement removal, new walkways, landscaping, signage, and lighting.

The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, received a $1 million donation from Ernst & Young for programs to increase diversity and to promote inclusion at the institution’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business.

Historically Black Delaware State University in Dover received a $150,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation to support the university’s HBCU Philanthropy Symposium. The annual symposium began in 2011.

Tuskegee University, the historically Black educational institution in Alabama, received a $300,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to conduct research on “ethical and other considerations for a culture of health in the Deep South.”


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