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.

The Creating Connections Consortium (C3) received a five-year, $5.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support programs to increase faculty diversity at member institutions. The lead institutions in the consortium are Middlebury College in Vermont, Williams College in Massachusetts, Bates College in Maine, and Connecticut College.

Historically Black Morehouse College in Atlanta received a $250,000 grant from the Church Mutual Insurance Company. The funds will earmarked for the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel Restoration Project at the college.

The University of Kansas received a seven-year, $18 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund the Center for Educational Opportunity Programs. The money will support programs for more than 3,000 middle school students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The program is under the direction of Ngondi Kamatuka, the director of the Center for Educational Opportunity Programs.

North Carolina A&T State University, the historically Black educational institution in Greensboro, received a grant from the State Employees Credit Union Foundation that will provide internships for students at educational, healthcare, technology, and nonprofit organizations in rural underserved areas of North Carolina.

Historically Black Delaware State University received a three-year, $246,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to study language development in dual-language immersion classrooms throughout Delaware.

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