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.
Florida A&M University, the historically Black educational institution in Tallahassee, received a $500,000 donation from Bernard and Shirley Kinsey of Pacific Palisades, California, to support the university’s Marching 100 Band. Bernard Kinsey is an alumnus of the university and a former member of the Marching 100 Band.
The University of Michigan received a $100,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a research project that will examine the social networks of husbands of adolescent girls in the African nation of Niger and how these networks influence family planning decisions. More than three quarters of all women in Niger are married by the age of 18.
North Carolina State A&T University, the historically Black educational institution in Greensboro, received a $100,000 grant from Apple Inc. for programs to increase the number of Black students who pursue degrees in technology fields. The grant is under the direction of Kelvin Bryant, an assistant professor of computer science at the university. Dr. Bryant holds a Ph.D. in computer science from North Carolina State University.