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.

Boston College and Ohio State University are sharing a $3.3 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study a prenatal care intervention program for pregnant women from racial and ethnic minority groups who are experiencing emotional distress.

Historically Black Prairie View A&M University in Texas received a five-year, $1 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security to conduct research on how to use social media effectively in disaster management. The grant money will fund student internships and scholarships. The grant program is under the direction of Louis Ngamassi, an assistant professor in College of Business.

Simmons College, a women’s college in Boston, received a $1.8 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration for programs to prepare social workers for careers serving vulnerable populations in inner cities and rural areas that are underserved. The grant will allow Simmons to provide support to 116 master of social work students over the next four years.

Historically Black Mississippi Valley State University received a three-year, $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support the university’s Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program. The grant will support faculty and student research, retention programs, and outreach programs to local school districts to promote interest in STEM careers. The grant program is led by Earlean Anderson, director of STEM programs.

Fort Valley State University, the historically Black educational institution in Georgia, received the largest bequest from an alumna in university history. The university received a donation of $675,000 from the estate of Elizabeth Brister, a 1968 graduate of the university. The gift will fund scholarships for Fort Valley State University students.

Historically Black Savannah State University in Georgia received a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund a summer expedition to Ghana to engage in training and research in an effort to enhance the university’s curriculum in social science and foreign language studies. The grant program is under the direction of Emmanuel Naniuzeyi, director of the International Education Center at the university. He holds a master’s degree from Ohio University and a Ph.D. in political science from Atlanta University.

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