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 Winston-Salem State University has received a $100,000 gift from a local couple to establish a scholarship fund in their name. The Dr. Paul and Marcia Meis Graduation Scholars Fund will provide $2,000 scholarships for 40 outstanding juniors and seniors over the next three years. This past fall semester, 13 university students received awards through the fund.

Historically Black University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has received a $109,630 donation from the Blue & You Foundation that will fund an enhanced nursing clinical lab and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) throughout campus. Through these new funds, the university’s nursing department will be able to purchase upgraded medical equipment and supplies, including simulation technology that will provide on campus, supervised lab practice during nonscheduled hours. Additionally, the grant will also pay for AED operation training courses.

Historically Black Howard University has received a $169,888 grant from the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to fund two consecutive summers of the Yoruba Group Project, which enables students to study at the University of Ibadan’s Yoruba Language Center in Nigeria. The program, currently in its second cycle of funding, aims to help participating students acquire advanced Yoruba language and culture proficiency that will allow them to use their communication skills in various forms. Howard University is the only institution of higher education in the country to manage the project for the next two summers.

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