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.

Historically Black Tuskegee University in Alabama a grant from National Science Foundation under the COVID-19 Rapid Response Initiative. The project will focus on understanding the effects of disease prevention messages during the coronavirus epidemic. The goal of the project is to implement culturally sensitive tools and materials, that promote disease prevention. The grant program is under the direction of Crystal James, department head and director of the Graduate Program in Public Health in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

The University of Central Arkansas has received a $634,594 grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council to revitalize and preserve the Bigelow Rosenwald School, which was built in 1926 through support from the Rosenwald Fund. The Rosenwald Fund, created in 1912 by Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald, provided money to help build state-of-the-art elementary schools for African American children across the south.

North Carolina A&T State University, a historically Black educational institution in Greensboro, received a $1.6 million grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The grant will help fund the establishment of the Center of Excellence to Motivate and Educate for Achievement. The center will be dedicated to encouraging and supporting young people from underrepresented minority groups to pursue studies and careers in food, agriculture, and natural resources.

Historically Black Prairie View A&M University in Texas received a $1 million donation from Charles Butt, the CEO of the San Antonio-based H-E-B supermarket chain. The funds will be used to support The proposed Ruth J. Simmons Center for Race and Justice at the university.

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