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.

Emory University in Atlanta received a four-year, $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Heath Resources and Services Administration for programs to increase the number of nurses who work in primary-care settings, particularly among medically underserved populations. The funds will provide scholarships for nursing students who want to work in underserved areas, internships for nursing students in clinical settings, and professional development programs for registered nurses.

Historically Black Savannah State University in Georgia received a $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for its Achieving Diversity Through Integrative Scientific Research Experience program. The funds will provide for summer internship opportunities for seven students each year. The grant will also fund curriculum development for a new required course for all STEM majors on laboratory techniques and documentation. The program is under the direction of Karla-Sue Marriott, a professor of chemistry and forensic science. Dr. Marriott holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica.

Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, received a grant from the Fund for Racial Justice and Equity of the Lumina Foundation. The grant will fund the creation of public art, signage, monuments, built environments, devised performances, and interactive pedagogical theater in order to increase underrepresented student retention through authentic collaboration with the local community

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