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 Prairie View A&M University in Texas is sharing a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for research to develop innovative privacy learning modules to engage students in cybersecurity education. The project will evaluate the effectiveness of an experiential learning approach based on student learning outcomes, experiences, and motivation, and attitudes toward privacy issues.

The University of New Orleans received a three-year, $1.8 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to study entrepreneurship patterns in predominantly Black urban areas.

Tuskegee University, the historically Black educational institution in Alabama, received a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct research to develop new polymer composites that have unique electronic, optical, mechanical, and biological properties that will aid in recycling efforts.

Michigan State University received a $1.2 million grant from the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition for programs to increase the availability of nutritious foods and promote their consumption in developing countries. The research will focus its efforts in the African nation of Kenya.

Seven colleges and universities in western Michigan are joining forces to create “Pathways to Careers in Healthcare,” in an effort to increase diversity in the healthcare workforce in the area. The project is being funded by a $400,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and will be coordinated by the Grand Rapids African American Health Institute. Participating colleges and universities are Calvin College, Aquinas College, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, and Hope College.

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