Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Historically Black Texas Southern University in Houston received a $3.3 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support the HBCU Gulf Coast Equity Consortium. The consortium made up of HBCUs and community organizations seeks to address racial health disparities along the Gulf Coast. Robert Bullurd, a distinguished professor in the School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University is the co-principal investigator on the project along with Beverly Wright of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Dillard University in New Orleans.

Davidson College, the highly rated liberal arts educational institution in North Carolina, received a $1.2 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to strengthen education programs relating to justice, equality, and community. Among the programs that will receive funding is an effort to digitize some of the college’s archival materials relating to the history of race and religion on campus and in the surrounding community.

Morgan State University, the historically Black educational institution in Baltimore, received a three-year, $716,700 grant from the Lumina Foundation for programs to increase college graduation rates for underserved students. The funds will be used for academic, financial, technical, and social support for Morgan State students.

The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, received a two-year grant from the National Science Foundation for programs to increase diversity in the geosciences. The grant will be used to develop a virtual simulation training program to recognize and eliminate prejudice in the field.

Historically Black Albany State University in Georgia received a $600,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice that will fund interdisciplinary forensic science research.

Alabama State University, the historically Black educational institution in Montgomery, received a $998,773 grant from the National Science Foundation for academic programs in nanobiotechnology, nanobiomaterials, and tissue engineering.

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