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.

Seven historically Black colleges and universities will benefit from a $250,000 grant from Nissan Corporation. The automaker operates an assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi. The grant will support STEM-related disciplines at the HBCUs. Institutions that will receive the grant money are Alcorn State University, Coahoma Community College, Hinds Community College, Jackson State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Rust College, and Tougaloo College.

Historically Black Albany State University in Georgia, received a $152,376 grant from the Georgia Division of Family and Child Services. The grant will fund programs to train the division’s workforce to deliver services to Georgia families.

North Carolina Central University, the historically Black educational institution in Durham, received a 4300,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation for a summer program to provide boys with intensive training in STEM fields. The students will receive training and hands-on learning experiences in robotics, virtual reality, 3D printing, and other technologies.

Loyola University Chicago received a $1.5 million grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation to support student diversity programs at its two-year Arrupe College. The grant will fund the hiring of an administrator and two faculty members who will be involved with the Black Men for Success Program.

The Florida A&M University/Florida State University College of Engineering received a $1,180,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for research on how human changes to the land through farming and development affect the planet’s climate. Florida A&M University is a historically Black educational institution.

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