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 Virginia received a $1,075,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support its Bridge to the Doctorate Program. The initiative supports graduate students from underrepresented groups who are pursuing studies in STEM disciplines.

Historically Black Prairie View A&M University in Texas received a three-year, $350,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to fund a program entitled “Applying Innovative Culturally Responsive Pedagogy for African American Middle School Teachers and Students to Broaden the STEM Pipeline.” The program is under the direction of Tyrone Tanner, a professor in the College of Education at the university.

Tennessee State University, the historically Black educational institution in Nashville, received a $450,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for food safety research. The research will seek to develop methods to mitigate antimicrobial resistance in cattle and poultry. The research is under the direction of Agnes Kilonzo-Nthenge, an associate research professor in the department of human sciences in the university’s College of Agriculture.

The Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln received a grant from the National Park Service to support its Black Homesteaders in the Great Plains project. An earlier grant funded research on identifying Black homesteaders in the  states of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Kansas. This new grant will provide support for creating content relating to the previous research that can be showcased on the National Park Service’s website.

Southern University, the historically Black educational institution in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, received a $250,000 donation from Caleb Didriksen of the New Orleans law firm Didriksen, Saucier, Woods, and Pichon. The funds will support the construction of a Championship Plaza on campus that will honor the university’s athletes.

Historically Black Howard University in Washington, D.C., received a three-year, $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation for a cyber security research project. The funds will be used to support undergraduate and graduate student research opportunities. The project is entitled, “Security Engineering for Resilient Mobile Cyber-Physical Systems.”


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