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.

Trocaire College in Buffalo, New York, received a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration for programs to recruit nursing students from underrepresented groups. The grant will allow the college to enroll 25 students from underrepresented groups in its nursing scholars program.

The University of New Mexico received a five-year, $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for programs to study the tropical disease schistosomiasis. The disease affects more than 200 million people worldwide, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa.

The University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music received a $850,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to continue its Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Diversity Fellowship program. The program is open to violin, viola, cello, and bass players from groups that are underrepresented in classical music. Fellows enrolls in a two-year master’s degree program at the university and perform with the orchestra. Fellows receive full tuition, a $10,000 annual stipend, and are paid for their performances with the orchestra.

The University of Maryland School of Medicine received a five-year, $2 million grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to conduct HIV research in the African nation of Malawi. The study will examine how exposure to HIV impacts the immune system of infants in utero and how this impacts the infants’ ability to fight off infections after they are born.

The United Negro College Fund received a $500,000 donation from the Walmart Foundation to help its member institutions who are undergoing the reaccreditation process.

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