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.

Florida A&M University has been awarded a $320,000 grant from the National Science Foundation as part of a collaborative research project that aims to improve undergraduate data science education using adaptive distributed learning methods. Faculty and students at three other historically Black colleges and universities – Bethune-Cookman University, Jackson State University, and Jarvis Christian University – will participate in the grant program. Clement G. Yedjou, an associate professor of biological sciences at Florida A&M University, will lead the project.

The California College of the Arts in San Francisco has received a $1 million gift from the Gensler family and a $1 million gift from Gensler, the award-winning global architecture, design, and planning firm, to establish the M. Arthur Gensler Jr. Center for Design Excellence. The gifts will extend over ten years with the mission to inspire and support design excellence in architectural education, research and practice while promoting diversity, social justice, and environmental sustainability.

Historically Black Jackson State University in Mississippi has been awarded a $162,230 grant for a 20-month partnership with the Mississippi Kidney Foundation, the Mississippi Department of Health and the Office of Preventive Health and Health Equity, and the Health Equity Coalition of Mississippi. Funds will finance travel to nine communities across the state for meetings with schools, health departments, and high school athletic events to promote healthy eating and education for kidney disease prevention.

Benedict College, the historically Black educational institution in Columbia, South Carolina, received a $525,000 grant from the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce to help organize, launch, and operate a state-wide investment accelerator program for underrepresented and minority persons who are in the early stages of entrepreneurship in South Carolina.

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff received a $1.1 million donation from CHI St. Vincent, a regional health network serving central and southwest Arkansas. The funds will enable the historically Black university to recruit students to its nursing program and will provide student educational and financial support and faculty professional development for the program.

Historically Black Delaware State University has been awarded a five-year, $1 million grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to develop and investigate ultra-thin materials for use in various electronic, optical, and magnetic devices.

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