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.

Historically Black Tuskegee University in Alabama, received a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation for research on using plant and animal waste products such as corn husks, peanut shells, and fish bones to produce bio-mass-based materials that can be used to make a wide variety of sustainable products.

Shaw University, the historically Black educational institution in Raleigh, North Carolina, received a $100,000 grant from the General State Baptist Convention of North Carolina that will be used to help prepare men and women for the clergy.

Historically Black Morgan State University in Baltimore received a $200,000 grant from the Crankstart Foundation to support scholarships for nontraditional students from the state of Maryland. The program is under the direction of Willie A. Bragg, director of the Center for Continuing and Professional Studies at the university. Dr. Bragg received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Morgan State University. She holds a master’s degree in early childhood education from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, and a Ph.D. in special education from Indiana University in Bloomington.

North Carolina Central University, the historically Black educational institution in Durham, received a $499,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to support its School of Law Virtual Justice Project. The project enables people to obtain legal information through high-definition video conferencing technology at local libraries and legal services offices throughout the state.

Historically Black Fayetteville State University in North Carolina received a $300,000 grant from the Robert H. Short Community Foundation to support scholarships for students at the university who reside in Cumberland County.

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