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.

Morehouse College, the historically Black liberal arts educational institution for men in Atlanta, received a donation of $2,250,000 from the Philadephia-based Aramark Corporation, that provides dining services to the college. Under the agreement, Morehouse will outsource its facilities management functions to Aramark. The company will hire 70 new employees to upkeep building and grounds on campus.

Clemson University in South Carolina received a $85,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to support two summer programs that aim to increase diversity in the pipeline that goes from academia to the workforce. The PEER/WISE program seeks to increase the number of women and students from underrepresented groups who pursue degrees in STEM fields at Clemson. First-year students who participate in the three-week summer program will earn two hours of college credits by participating in STEM learning and research.

Historically Black Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina, received a $100,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The grant will fund the development of a space that will give users an opportunity to gain proficiency in design and manufacturing technologies.

The UPS Foundation has announced the awarding of grants to 44 organizations around the world to promote social and gender equality. The grants will total $10 million. Many of the grants will fund programs aimed at increasing educational and economic opportunities for Blacks and other underrepresented groups. Among the recipients are the Urban League, the NAACP, the National Black Child Development Institute, and the United Negro College Fund.

Historically Black Clark Atlanta University in Georgia received a $1,804,697 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to establish a new center of excellence for the university called HBCU C.A.R.E.S. (Career Awareness, Recruitment and Engagement Services) for Behavioral Health. The grant program is under the direction of Leonissa Johnson, an assistant professor of school counseling at the university.

Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of  Health for program that offer students from underrepresented groups opportunities for research, networking, mentoring, and participation in national conferences in health-related fields.


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