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.

The College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at historically Black Florida A&M University received a $700,000 grant from U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a study that will focus on identifying the significant gaps in local communities that contribute to the low enrollment of racial and ethnic minority populations in COVID-19 clinical trials by developing and evaluating a community-based targeted strategy to improve enrollment. The grant will also provide clinical research training for 30 minority health care providers and workers in Jacksonville, Tampa, and Tallahassee. Jocelyn D. Spates, associate dean for clinical affairs is the principal investigator.

The University of Mississippi received a $100,000 gift from an anonymous donor that will fund an endowed scholarship to honor Mississippi civil rights leader, Fannie Lou Hamer. The scholarship will help students who are pursuing an education in African American studies through the College of Liberal Arts. Hamer co-founded the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and fought for voting equality and women’s rights.

Historically Black Delaware State University has been awarded a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The funding will go toward the establishment of a Center of Excellence in Emerging Technologies. The center aims to build a multidisciplinary and diverse workforce in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science, that will link agricultural emerging technologies with local underserved farmers and the agribusiness community.

Edward Waters University, the historically Black educational institution in Jacksonville, Florida, received a $500,000 grant from the Florida Department of State to help preserve three historical buildings on campus: the Centennial Hall (library), the Lee Cousins Building, and the Susie E. Tolbert House.



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