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 College of Law at Florida International University has received a $124,850 grant from the AccessLex Center for Legal Education Excellence to launch a new pre-law initiative, the Path to the Legal Profession. The program aims to facilitate the increased enrollment of South Floridian low-income, first generation, minority, and other traditionally underrepresented groups into law school as well as to further the development of skills necessary for a successful law school experience once matriculated. The program will begin this summer.

North Carolina State University has received a $12.3 million grant from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to support the literacy program, Wolfpack WORKS (Ways to Optimize Reading/Writing for Kids Statewide. The new funds will provide additional training in teaching literacy to all first- through third-grade teachers in grades K-2 in 16 high-needs school districts. The participating districts are primary located in rural, low-income areas that provide fewer resources for professional development and struggle to attract and retain teachers.

The College of Arts & Sciences at historically Black Xavier University of Louisiana has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the development of an undergraduate minor in digital humanities, data science, and digital justice.

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