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.

Bethune-Cookman University, the historically Black educational institution in Daytona Beach, Florida, received a $98,867 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to help fund the establishment of the Historic Preservation Center in the university’s Carl  Swisher Library. The new center will be a training ground for students in historic preservation.

Historically Black Morgan State University in Baltimore received two grants totaling $260,000 from the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the Minority Serving Institution Teacher Education Network to support program to improve teacher quality in STEM fields in high-need school systems. The grant programs are under the director of Christian Anderson, an associate professor in the School of Education and Urban Studies at Morgan State University. Dr. Anderson is a graduate of Morgan State University, where he majored in mathematics. He holds a master’s degree from Notre Dame of Maryland University and a Ph.D. in mathematics education from Morgan State University.

Five HBCUs are sharing a $1.5 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to fund “Project Pipeline Repair: Restoring Male Participation and Persistence in Educator Preparation Programs.” The program will focus on male high school juniors and seniors with the aim of preparing them for success in college-level teacher education programs. Participating HBCUs are Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Tuskegee University in Alabama, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Alcorn State University in Mississippi, and Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

Historically Black North Carolina Central University in Durham received a $75,000 grant from the University of North Carolina General Administration to develop competency-based training programs for nontraditional students who are returning to higher education or switching careers.

Dillard University, the historically Black educational institution in New Orleans received a three-year, $666,600 grant from the Lumina Foundation that will be used to support retention programs and to create research opportunities for undergraduate students. The program is under the direction of Nia Haydel, director of the Academic Center for Excellence at the university. Dr. Haydel is a graduate of the University of New Orleans. She holds a master’s degree from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in educational policy studies from Georgia State University.

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