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.

North Carolina A&T State University, the historically Black educational institution in Greensboro, received a four-year, $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for programs to increase the number of mental health counselors who serve in rural areas of North Carolina.

Historically Black Bowie State University received a two-year, $249,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for programs to increase the number of Black male youths who pursue careers in engineering and technology. Morgan State University, North Carolina A&T State University, Kentucky State University and Jackson State University will also participate in the project. Leading the effort at Bowie State is Julius Davis an associate professor of education.

Delaware State University, the historically Black educational institution in Dover, received a three-year, $727,691 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The grant will fund research to develop a new laser-based instrument to measure the earth’s magnetic field in the atmosphere between 31 and 50 miles above the surface.

A grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will fund research on strengthening the cowpea industry in northern Ghana. The grant program is being led by Mohammed Ibrahim, an associate professor of agricultural economics at historically Black Fort Valley State University in Georgia.

Bethune-Cookman University, the historically Black educational institution in Daytona Beach, Florida, received a $178,000 grant from the Office of Environmental management of the U.S. Department of Energy to conduct research on soil remediation at hazardous waste sites.

An alliance of four universities that are members of Texas A&M University System received a $2.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to design a model for increasing the number of students from underrepresented groups who pursue doctoral degrees in STEM disciplines. The participating campuses are Texas A&M University-College Station, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and historically Black Prairie View A&M University.

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