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.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg received a three-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to launch the Harnessing the Data Revolution: Data Science Corps (HDR DSC) program at Virginia Tech. The program will offer opportunities to underserved biology and engineering undergraduate students.

Miles College, the historically Black educational institution in Fairfield, Alabama, received a $1 million donation from Charles Barkley, a television sports commentator who is a member of the National Basketball Association’s Hall of Fame. The donation is the largest ever received in the college’s 122-year history.

The School of Education at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis received a $498,308 from the Indiana Department of Education to provide cultural competency training and support for more than 300 schools across the state that have large numbers of Black students or students with disabilities. The grant will fund four strands of professional learning services for trainer-of-trainer leadership teams across the state. Professional learning offerings will include webinars, regional seminars, and virtual coaching to support team leaders at the schools.

Historically Black Alabama State University is the recipient of a grant from the ECMC Foundation through the Alabama Campus Coalition for Basic Needs. The grant will support food availability and security for the university’s students to help ensure that their nutritional needs are met, which in turn supports student health and student retention


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