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 Howard University in Washington, D.C., received a four-year, $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the university’s Office of Faculty Development. The funding will support the Scholarly Production Workshop Series, a monthly series throughout the academic year designed to encourage and support faculty in their scholarship efforts. The office plans to increase its outreach around the series to attract more mid-career faculty who may need assistance in reinvigorating their scholarly agendas.

Meharry Medical College, the historically Black educational institution in Nashville, received a $1.4 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. The grant will fund a study of motivational treatment strategies for African-American women with Type 2 diabetes living in the Southeastern United States. The program is under the direction of Stephania T. Miller-Hughes, an associate professor in the Meharry School of Medicine department of surgery.

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund announced it has received a $270,000 grant from ECMC Foundation to provide mental health services to students at member institutions through the META platform. The META program provides real-time, video counseling with licensed mental health professionals from the privacy of a smartphone.

Morgan State University, the historically Black educational institution in Baltimore, received a $146,722 grant from the Maryland Higher Education Commission to promote mentoring for nursing students. The program will provide leaders with the tools necessary to develop, implement and sustain formal mentoring programs with a greater emphasis on making the nursing workforce more diverse, particularly in the areas of gender, race, and ethnicity.

The University of Arkansas received a $2.74 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for programs to help diversify the social work workforce in the state and beyond through scholarships to underserved students enrolling in the university’s master of social work program. The grant will provide financial assistance and additional learning opportunities to approximately 35 graduate social work students each year

Historically Black North Carolina A&T State University received a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the psychosocial determinants of successful remote learning among students from public HBCUs. The study seeks to understand the risk factors for college students and develop effective interventions to prevent disruptions in remote learning success. The grant is under the direction of Adrienne Aiken Morgan, an assistant professor of clinical psychology at the university.

Elizabeth City State University, a historically Black educational institution in North Carolina, received a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will help with the development of new oxide material for specialized microelectronic device applications. The material has the potential to create a more efficient solar cell for converting sunlight to electricity.

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