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.

Florida A&M University, the historically Black educational institution in Tallahassee, received a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to support the university’s Science Community of Active Learners to Enhance Achievement and Retention program. The program is under the director of Maurice Edington, vice president for strategic planning, analysis, and institutional effectiveness.

Historically Black Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina received a grant from the U.S. Department of State to develop and sustain a study abroad program and research collaboration with the Fernando Ortiz African Cultural Center in Santiago de Cuba. The program is under the direction of Uchenna Vasser, an associate professor of Spanish at Winston-Salem State University. Dr. Vasser earned a Ph.D. in Romance languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Fort Valley State University in Georgia received a grant from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities for initiatives that use community service programs as learning experiences. Fort Valley State is the only HBCU among the 12 universities to receive grants under the program. The grant program is made possible by funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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