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 Fort Valley State University in Georgia received a three-year, $499,612 grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture for research on how farmers can use solar-powered dryers to prepare their crops for shipping. The research at Fort Valley State University is under the direction of Cedric Ogden, an assistant professor of engineering technology.

Nissan North American contributed $250,000 to seven historically Black colleges and universities in Mississippi. The company operates an assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi. The HBCUs that will receive funds from the grant are Alcorn State University, Coahoma Community College, Hinds Community College, Jackson State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Rust College, and Tougaloo College.

Syracuse University in New York received a three-year, $999,719 grant from the National Science Foundation to support programs to recruit women and members of underrepresented groups into STEM disciplines at the university. The grant will fund the establishment of the Strategic Undergraduate STEM Talent Acceleration Initiative at the university.

Historically Black Howard University in Washington, D.C., received a $275,509 grant from the National Science Foundation to support a research project entitled “Mathematical Modeling on the Geometric Optics Problem of Refraction.” The project is under the direction of Henok Mawi, an assistant professor of mathematics at Howard University.

Tuskegee University, the historically Black educational institution in Alabama, received a three-year, $700,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for programs to enhance educational programs in STEM fields at local high schools. Local high schools students will participate in learning and research during summer sessions on campus.

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