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.

North Carolina A&T State University, a historically Black educational institution in Greensboro, received a $4 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases that will help to establish the North Carolina Consortium for Diversity Career Development in Nutrition, Obesity, and Diabetes Research. The university will colloborate with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the North Carolina Diabetes Research Center. Elimelda Ongeri, dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences, will lead the project at North Carolina A&T State University.

Historically Black Hampton University received a $200,000 grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications that will provide scholarships to four students for one full academic year. The university will introduce its students majoring in STEM related fields to amateur radio and engage them through activities that provide unique hands-on, experience-building opportunities. Additionally, the grant will fund hour-long educational programs highlighting scholars studying STEM topics that will be aired on Hampton’s FM radio station.

The Silver School of Social Work and Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University received a five-year, $5.8 million grant to implement and study the effectiveness of a system of care for Black youth that combines suicide risk screening with an intervention to help connect at-risk youth to quality mental health services. The study will be implemented at the emergency departments of Harlem Hospital and Kings County Hospital in New York City.

Shaw University, a historically Black educational institution in Raleigh, North Carolina, received a $90,000 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The grant funds will support the Window Rehabilitation Project for Tyler Hall (formerly Leonard Medical Hospital), which was built in 1910, and originally served as an affiliated teaching hospital serving the Black community.

The Tennessee Education Research Alliance, a research-practice partnership between the Peabody College of education and human development at Vanderbilt University and the Tennessee Department of Education has received a four-year, $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. The grant will allow researchers to investigate barriers faced by people of color in becoming teachers in the state. Some 37 percent of students in the state are people of color, while only 13 percent of teachers are people of color. Researchers will conduct extensive interviews with teacher candidates, preparation program leaders, school and district leaders, and early-career teachers alongside analysis of survey data and state data on potential teachers’ movement through preparation programs and into classrooms.

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