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.

Spelman College, the liberal arts educational institution for women in Atlanta, received a $2 million donation from Leonard Riggio, founder and former chairman of Barnes & Noble, and his wife Louise. The funds will be used to help fund the construction of the Center for Innovation & the Arts on the Spelman campus. The Center will be home to a community of innovators, collaborators, artists, filmmakers, dancers, musicians, curators, art historians, and scientists.

Historically Black North Carolina Central University in Durham received a $1,250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services to train individuals to work as visual impairment instructors. The five-year grant will focus on early intervention efforts for infants and toddlers and as well as programs for school-age children.

South Carolina State University and Claflin University, two historically Black educational institutions in Orangeburg, South Carolina, are sharing a $1.4 million grant from the state government to fund the Minority Access To Teacher Education Program. The program will recruit minority high school students and provide them with the skills required to enter and graduate from teacher education programs. A major component of the project is to provide counseling, mentoring, on-campus summer enrichment activities, and opportunities for dual-enrollment credits at South Carolina State University and Claflin University.

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