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 North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, led by North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, received a five-year, $3.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to continue efforts to broaden STEM pathways for underrepresented groups. The grant will support the alliance’s initiatives including increased STEM outreach efforts to K-12 schools, pairing undergraduate students participating in innovative research projects with peer and faculty mentors, providing opportunities to attend regional and national conferences, and presenting workshops focused on student development.

Historically Black Jackson State University in Mississippi is the lead institution in a $984,200 grant from the National Science Foundation to partner with other universities to study the global impact of a controversial and widely used new generation of insecticides, specifically neonicotinoids. The project involves small-scale laboratory experiments, middle-scale greenhouse tests, and large-scale field tests. Tennessee State University, the historically Black educational institution in Nashville, will participate in the project and receive $395,000 of the grant money.

The Interdenominational Theological Center, a historically Black educational institution in Atlanta, received a $130,000 grant from the United Negro College Fund. The grant will provide merit scholarships to student leaders, relieving financial debt for high-performing students.

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