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 School of Education at historically Black North Carolina Central University in Durham has been awarded a four-year, $3.7 million grant from the Central Carolina Regional Education Service Alliance (CCRESA). The grant will help fund the university’s programs to produce a diverse pool of graduates for the university’s master’s degree program in school administration. The initiative will focus on developing diverse individuals as school principals to enrich teaching and learning in North Carolina’s underserved communities. “The funding will help us enhance the hands-on skills and offerings that we provide educators to become effective leaders for urban and rural high-need schools in North Carolina,” notes Audrey W. Beard, dean of the School of Education.

Kansas State University was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Hearst Foundation to support the Multicultural Academic Program Success (MAPS) Summer Bridge experience. The MAPS Summer Bridge program is a six-week, residential summer opportunity for incoming multicultural and first-generation students planning to major in agriculture, business or engineering.

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke received a three-year, $950,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support students from underrepresented backgrounds as they work toward careers in academia. The goal of the grant program is to encourage more minority representation in higher education leadership.


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