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.
An interdisciplinary team led by researchers at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has received a four-year, $8 million award from National Aeronautics and Space Administration to address traffic congestion by developing, testing and eventually deploying air passenger taxis as a supplemental means of transportation. North Carolina A&T is the first historically black college or university to lead a project for NASA’s University Leadership Initiative.
Bethune-Cookman University, a historically Black educational institution in Daytona Beach, Florida, received a $250,000 donation from Billye and Hank Aaron. The university received an additional $104,000 through the couple’s Chasing the Dream Foundation. Hank Aaron, a member of Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame, was at one time baseball’s all-time leader in home runs. “We are pleased to provide support for the achievements of young people with limited opportunities and enable them to develop their talents and pursue their dreams,” the Aarons said.