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 University of Texas at San Antonio received a five-year, $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation for programs to increase student diversity in STEM programs. The grant will fund scholarships for women and students from underrepresented groups in computer science disciplines.

Historically Black Savannah State University in Georgia received a $175,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for research to improve the design and function in mechanical processes that require heat transfer and fluid flow.

Howard University, the historically Black educational institution in Washington, D.C., received a $1 million gift from alumni Irvin D. Reid and Pamela Trotman Reid. The funds will be used to establish an endowment fund that will provide scholarships for undergraduate and graduate scholarships. The gift will also endow the Irvin D. Reid and Pamela Trotman Reid Faculty Award, which will be earmarked for a faculty member in the department of psychology with a promising research program and a successful record of teaching and mentoring students.  Both Reids served on the faculty at Howard University in the 1970s. Irvin Reid served as president of Montclair State University in New Jersey and Wayne State University in Detroit. Pamela Trotman Reid was dean at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and was the first African American to serve as president of the University of Saint Joseph in Connecticut.

Historically Black North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro received a $1 million grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina to support the university’s nursing programs. The funds will be used for student scholarships, upgrades to equipment and technology, and for student development programs.

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