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 Chicago and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, are sharing a $1 million grant from JPMorgan Chase to support the Ascend 2020 program that supports minority-owned businesses on the south and west sides of Chicago. The universities provide mentoring and other support for entrepreneurs from underrepresented groups.

George Washington University received a $3.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Institutes on Drug Abuse for programs aimed at reducing drug use and lessening poor health outcomes of African American men. The grant program will be under the direction of Lisa Bowleg, a professor of applied psychology at the university. Professor Bowleg is a graduate of Georgetown University and holds a master’s degree in public policy and a Ph.D. in applied psychology from George Washington University.

Historically Black Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, received a three-year, $299,000 grant from the Office on Violence Against Women of the U.S. Department of Justice. The grant will allow the university to hire a sexual assault coordinator and part-time program assistant to coordinate prevention and intervention efforts.

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for a digitization project for documents relating to the civil rights movement in southeastern North Carolina. The grant will also fund efforts to create lesson plans for local schools on the project.

Elizabeth City State University, the historically Black educational institution in North Carolina, received a $2.3 million grant from the board of governors of the University of North Carolina System for programs to repair and renovate buildings on its campus.

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