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 Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina, was awarded a $400,000 grant to study the feasibility of preserving the historic St. Agnes Hospital. The grant was administered by the U.S. Economic Development Administration, a bureau within the U.S. Department of Commerce. Erected in 1896, the national landmark St. Agnes Hospital served as a training school for Black nurses and as the only hospital caring for African Americans regionally for many years. Most Black nurses who fought in World War II received training at Saint Agnes.

Savannah State University, the historically Black educational institution in Georgia, received an $830,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a new modeling simulation program option within the computer science technology degree program. The program aims to increase the number of minority students and women in the computer science field.

The College of Business Administration at historically Black Alabama State University received a three-year, $750,000 grant from KPMG, one of the “Big Four” accounting firms. The funds will be used for scholarships for students seeking master’s degrees in accounting.

North Carolina A&T State University, the historically Black educational institution in Greensboro, received a five-year, $250,000 grant from Enviva, the world’s largest producer of sustainable wood pellets. The funds will be used to create the Enviva Endowed Scholarship which will be available for students in forestry, agribusiness, agriscience, natural resources, technology, and conservation fields.

Historically Black Delaware State University received two National Institutes of Health grants totaling $468,000 to study the long-term effects of bullying on gay young men and which methods can help alleviate their pain. Specifically, the research will ask whether men who were subjected to aggressive behavior during adolescence exhibit higher rates of psychological health issues like post-traumatic stress disorder and higher rates of sexually transmitted infections and disease.

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