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 Delaware State University received a two-year, $1 million donation from JPMorgan Chase to expand the university’s  Career Pathways office for students, ensuring that they begin portfolio building in the freshman year and can get access to real-world, experiential opportunities early in their college career, including internships. This award will also enhance faculty development. Faculty will complete a Quality Matters training to adapt educational tools to fit market trends across industries, which will help better position students as they transition into their professional careers.

Former University of California president and University of California, San Diego chancellor Richard C. Atkinson and his wife, Rita, have contributed $150,000 to the University of California, San Diego Black Alumni Scholarship Fund at The San Diego Foundation. The scholarship program was established in 1983 by the UC San Diego Black Alumni Council and transferred to the foundation in 1998 due to prohibitions against state universities considering race after the passage of Proposition 209 in 1996.

Historically Black Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, received a $100,000 grant from Nationwide Insurance that will be used to support the fields of computer science, mathematics, and management information systems at the university.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has received a five-year, $980,000 grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation to support diversity efforts in the fields of biochemistry, biological science. and cancer research.

Historically Black Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida, received a $150,000 grant from the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund to support the Honors College at the educational institution.


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  1. Hello,
    My daughter is a senior in high school and would like to be an elementary education teacher. What scholarships are available in Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana?

    Thank you

  2. Providing that your daughter has a “competitive cumulative GPA, SAT, or ACT score she can look at each school in MI, IL, and IN in their respective department and university wide concerning available scholarships. I must ask why your daughter is not applying to any HBCUs that have solid elementary education programs? You are aware they offer full scholarships for very talented high students.

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