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 Voorhees College has received a 2019 Collegiate Recycling Grant from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to bring recycling to campus. The funds will go towards renting recycling dumpsters and 10 recycling bins which will be placed around five dorms on campus. Additionally, the college will launch a “Day of Service” campaign in which faculty, staff, administrators, and students will be provided with recycling containers to dispose of excess paper waste such as boxes or old folders, grade books, past course materials, electronics, broken furniture, and other larger items.

Rutgers University Newark has received a $1.5 million award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to start the Clement A. Price Humanities Scholars Program. The program aims to create a pathway for students from underrepresented groups to pursue an academic career in the humanities by providing mentors and scholarships. The university hopes this project will tackle the lack of diversity among professors in higher education.

Historically Black Spelman College in Atlanta has received a $327,000 grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation to create community-based archives cultivated through partnerships between historically Black colleges and universities and the Historic Black Towns and Settlements Alliance (HBTSA), a nonprofit organization which focuses on the historic and cultural preservation of Black communities. The award will support an inaugural summit between six HBCUs and six communities within the HBTSA. The summit will include community historic preservation and geo-mapping projects and culminate with students exhibiting their work and project leaders submitting scholarly manuscripts to journals and conference presentations.

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